Equality and inequality can mean different things to different people.
Legal Rights awareness
Violence against women and their loss of property in marriage breakups is commonplace. Women seemingly have little or no legal recourse. Another widespread inequality is the general acceptance that women are treated as being ‘unclean’ during their menstruation. In many areas and by many castes they are banished to an outside hut or a stable. Some castes cannot look at the sun, the moon, touch cooking utensils, or visit temples. Add to that limited access to schooling and work opportunities, then there is a systemised clear segmentation in society, resulting in unfair isolation and gender inequality.
To counter this ‘isolation’ Steps has initiated a series of activities, e.g. Run for Equality, Cycle for Equality, etc. These provide a platform for women to experience and to show their innate strengths. Sport and art are bonding tools that allow women to express themselves and raise their self-awareness and self-esteem. In addition, many of the activities can easily include men, so helping to bridge the gender gap.
Today the Steps ‘Equality’ title has taken on a brand-like status. It can be used for any activity to highlight the value and the necessity of equality.
A mini marathon organised by Steps.
Now Steps members run in other races, with the flag: ‘Run for Equality’.
Originally Tipling women challenged their men to a game of volleyball. Now, it encompasses any team game where both genders participate.
A one-bike project that grew and grew. An awakening for many women, and great fun.
Simple tools: Pencils, paper and colours. Imagination runs amok!
Self Defense for Equality
Safety is a key factor for reaching equality.
Self-defence raises awareness and self-confidence..
Yoga for Equality
Bringing body and soul and heart together.
Dance for Equality
Dance, dance, dance to raise the strength and power in Nepali society.
Traditional dance to hip-hop. Arranging training and festivals.