Complementing the global theme of the 103rd International Women's Day, "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women", the USAID-funded Hariyo Ban Program on 8th March 2013 held the finale event of a campaign "Amplifying unheard voices of women’s leadership in conservation and climate change" that started on 7th February 2013.

Here we have Hariyo Ban Program, Gender and Social Inclusion Coordinator Ms. Shikha Shrestha talking about various issues related to gender on Avenues Television.

The Hariyo Ban Program campaign focused on raising voices from the local level to the national, on best practices and challenges faced by women active in natural resource management through their inspiring stories via song and poetry. The program held auditions in the two landscapes where Hariyo Ban works – in six districts of Chitwan Annapurna Landscape (Kaski, Tanahu, Lamjung, Gorkha, Palpa and Mustang) and nine districts of Teria Arc Landscape (Dhanding, Makawanpur, Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Dang, Banke, Bardia, Kailali and Kanchanpur). Winners from these districts participated in landscape-level semi-finals held in Pokhara (24th February 2013) and Chitwan (27th February 2013). From each landscape two finalists were chosen to participate in Kathmandu today. The Hariyo Ban Program also recognized two woman and man change agents who have worked to promote women's leadership in conservation and climate change.

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