In a bizarre showcase of gender equality, women in Nepal took part in a race where they had to carry their husbands on their back and run to spread awareness about gender stereotypes.
The event was organised by the local authorities to mark International Women’s Day. The 100-meter race saw participation from 16 couples and was held on the grounds of a local school in Devghat Village on March 8.
All couples received a certificate of participation following the event, which was a great attraction for many from neighbouring villages turning up to cheer for the women.
According to the local village council chief, Durga Bahadur Thapa, there were no monetary prizes and that the event was to prove that women were no less when it came to strength and stamina.
The traditional Nepalese society imposed several restrictions and codes of conduct as well as discriminatory stereotypes on women, affecting the lives and livelihoods of thousands of Nepali women. However, rights for women in Nepal have improved since the country emerged from a decade-long conflict in 2006 and abolished its centuries-old feudal monarchy two years later.
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