On Friday, Maiti Nepal organized a sports event on the theme “Transforming Struggles into Strength: The Journey from Deprivation to Opportunity” in Sano Gaucharan, Maligaun. The main guest of the sporting event was former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Achyut Krishna Kharel, who also captained the Nepal national football team in the late 1970s. The event was chaired by Founder/President of Maiti Nepal, Anuradha Koirala.
The event opened with a football match between the Laligurans team and Saipatri. Members of Team Laligurans were selected from survivors residing at the Women Rehabilitation Center (WRC) in Maiti Nepal, and Team Saipatri introduced girls and women from across the country who now live in Kathmandu and work in odd jobs in the informal sector. The Saipatri team won the match by one goal.
Other sports at the event included tug of war, marble on the spoon, sack race and taekwondo.
“For many of the girls and women participating here today, it is the first time they have competed in a sporting event in front of a large crowd,” Anuradha Koirala told The Post. “But even though the games were new to many participants, the commitment and courage with which girls and women participated in the games shows that given the opportunity, socially and economically marginalized women can make the most of it. of their abilities and reach great heights in life.
One of the participants in the event was Laxmi, 22, from Dolakha. Laxmi came in first on home plate on the spoon and bag race. But before today, Laxmi had never participated in either game, and she says she was pleasantly surprised by her own performance.
“Due to my family’s difficult financial situation, I had to stop school very early in my life and had to start working to support my family. Growing up I didn’t really get to participate in sporting events so coming here today and participating in this event was like reliving a part of my childhood that I never had the opportunity to experience said Laxmi, clutching the two awards she bagged at the event.
At the end of the event, Koirala spoke about the crucial roles of government and non-governmental organizations and the private sector in the fight against human trafficking. She also called on all stakeholders to be relentless in their support and commitment to women’s empowerment and called on government agencies to recognize and ensure the rights of marginalized girls and women.