Sports and gender equality champions from Association of the Nepalese Alumni from Australia (ANAA) and Nepali journalists donned orange jerseys to play a mixed-gender friendly football match. Dressed in orange, a colour symbolising a brighter future, free of violence, the audience demonstrated solidarity in eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.
The game, organised to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women from 25 November to 10 December, ended with a common goal of raising voices to end gender-based violence, according to a press release issued by Australian Embassy, Kathmandu. This year’s theme was Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now! Addressing the opening of the friendly match, Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal, Felicity Volk remarked, “Women and girls in general are particularly vulnerable to gender-based violence. This vulnerability is compounded when women identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex, when they live with disabilities, are indigenous or from ethnic minorities, where they are migrants or refugees and when they are living through natural and other humanitarian crises.” “We hope this mixed-gender match will encourage men’s engagement in ending gender-based violence and advocating for gender equality and women’s empowerment.” Ambassador Volk called on the journalists, participants and audience to intensify their efforts to promote women in sports and shift gender stereotypes, as well as harness sport as a tool to fight against gender-based discrimination. The game played at the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) complex at Satdobato was organised by Saathi, a Nepali nongovernment organisation in partnership with ANAA, Nepal Sports Journalists Forum, ANFA and the Australian Embassy, Nepal.