Let us tell you a very small story.
Kripa is preparing for her exam for the very next day while her brother is playing a game on his laptop.
She gets confused in a question and talks to her friend to get some idea over phone.
Her mother comes and scolds her that she is always on phone and increases the bill.
The mother receives a call from her husband telling her that his friends will be home for lunch.
She asks Kripa to help her at kitchen.
Kripa tells her that she has to prepare for the exam.
Her brother says that he can help her with cooking.
And then the mother says that boys don’t do all those work but the daughter must.
Does the incident ring a bell? Isn’t it a very normal and regular kind of behavior in a Nepali family? The short film named ‘Kripa’ is produced by SUSI Nepal in association with Open Space Nepal and supported by the American Embassy. The film tells that it’s not only physical or sexual violence that the females have to suffer from but it’s also some very small things at home or neighborhood that make them feel like they are inferior to men. It’s not always strangers or the ‘other’ people but it might be your parents, your siblings, friends or any other close people as well whose very regular kind of attitude always makes you feel ‘small’.
The film created by Baardali Films has been made to support the global campaign ’16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence’ in Nepal. The 16 Days Campaign is an international campaign that started in 1991. Over 5,179 groups in 187 countries have taken part in this campaign since it’s start. It is a shocking figure that one out of three women worldwide face abuse, violence and rape everyday.
The 16 Days of Action run from 25th November, ‘UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women’, to 10th December, ‘Human Rights Day’. The period also includes some other significant dates like International Human Rights Defenders Day (29th November), World Aids Day (1st December) and the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre (6th December).
The core lesson that the film ‘Kripa’ tries to convey is that no matter how small an incident may look like, but any activity that supports gender violence in any way must be stopped and the little step might be taken right from your home. Watch the film below and do share your views.