Katmandu: A programme aimed at raising awareness about gender-based violence in Nepal will take place during next month's AFC Challenge Cup, with the March 8 kick-off of the eight-team tournament coinciding with International Women's Day.
Under its Programme Support Project, Dream Asia, the AFC's platform that uses football as a tool to help bring about positive change in Asian communities, is providing assistance to SAATHI, a Nepal NGO (non-government organization) whose activities in helping women and children affected by domestic violence are also supported by ANFA (All Nepal Football Association).
Mathilde Forslund, the AFC Social Responsibility Department's Advocacy Manager, visited Nepal recently for coordination meetings to fine tune the proposals for the campaign with SAATHI President Bandana Rana and Ghanesh Thapa, the President of ANFA who is also an AFC Vice President and Chairman of the AFC Challenge Cup Organizing Committee.
In addition to promoting awareness of SAATHI at the venues throughout duration of the AFC Challenge Cup, which concludes on March 19, ANFA players and officials, government officials, NGO representatives and members of the community will be invited to an event organized to highlight the issue of gender-based violence and how football can be used as a social tool for change.
Another part of the programme sees children who stay in SAATHI's sheltered homes having the opportunity to participate in street football sessions, culminating in a football event at ANFA Stadium on March 11.