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Violence Against Women in Nepal is Intensifying by Sushila Karki
The government has allocated significant amount for women’s development. Yet instead of diminishing, the problem is actually intensifying. In fact, with changing times, the violence against women is taking new forms.
Women in Nepal are eager to work for an income. They enjoy the freedom that having one’s own income brings, and feel more confident in standing up against physical and verbal violence. Compared to their mother’s generation, they are better educated and trained. But there remain major roadblocks limiting their horizons.
High on Words by by Asham Gautam & Preeti A. Karna
Beyond the opportunity to stand and rage, young poets see spoken word as a vehicle for free creative expression. They find it refreshing after having gone through an education system that only offers them conventional poetry. No longer are these poets bound by rules of traditional Nepali poetry, or the sober vocabulary of old-fashioned verse.
Unequal by Design by Weena Pun
On August 9, 2015, the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (PDCC), tasked with resolving contentious constitutional issues, released a list of revisions to be made to the draft constitution. There were expectations that the revisions would include suggestions from the public that would make the draft gender equal by allowing either a mother or father to pass on citizenship to their child, instead of making it mandatory for both father and mother to hold Nepali citizenship.
As Nepal enters its third and final phase of local elections, data from Election Commission shows that five major parties competing in the polls – Maoist Centre, Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), Nepali Congress, Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN), and Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) – have chosen mere 17 Dalits out of the total 652 candidates they have for mayors and chairpersons of rural-municipality.
Women Have No Nationality by Manjushree Thapa
Concepts such as rights come later in life, but the feeling of our lesser worth is inculcated early in Nepali girls. Is it when we’re praised more for our looks than our achievements? Is it when the expectations of us are shaped, violently, to make us fit an impossible ideal? Is it when we’re reminded, over and over, to behave demurely, to be pleasing, to agree, to smile? The messages come from all directions, all the time. We’re taught early in life that we’re just girls.
A Declaration of Independence by Shubhanga Pandey
Writer Pathak announced his political-literary intentions with Urgenko Ghoda (2008), his widely acclaimed debut novel. Set during the decade-long civil war, the novel came out when the reverberations of the war could still be felt. Urgenko Ghoda was an exercise in giving the people and places of the rebelling side and a long-marginalized indigenous group their literary due.
As Nepal enters the final phase of elections for local governments in Province 2 on September 18, data from Election Commission shows that Nepal’s political parties, from the highest to the lowest levels, are intent on denying women their fair share of power.
Known as the first female guerrilla of the Maoist war, Kamala Roka Magar is among the six women who won a directly contested seat in the 2017 election. Two were from her own party, two were from the UML, one from Rastriya Janamorcha, and none from Nepali Congress.
Dalits and Women Most Under-represented in Parliament by Bhola Paswan
The demographic make-up of Nepal’s parliament does not mirror the population of Nepal. Khas Arya make up 45 percent of Parliament, while they make up 31.2 percent of the population of Nepal. On the other end, Dalits, who are 13.8 percent of Nepal’s population, have 8 percent representation in Parliament. Women are roughly half of Nepal’s population, while only 33 percent of Members of Parliament (MPs) are women.
Women for Women by Nepal Picture Library
With the move towards grassroots organization and especially with the proliferation of civil society activities in the 1990s, the women’s movement in Nepal has grown leaps and bounds. The rise of women-led non-governmental organizations and advocacy forums raising issues of gender and women’s rights has critically transformed women’s lives across the country.
There are at least half a million women in Nepal who have experienced some form of sexual violence. Reported rapes have increased over the years, rising from 317 reported in 2007 to 1131 in 2017. Yet, given the statistics on the prevalence of rape, this number remains under-reported.
An Ordinary Icon : A Short-Doc by The Record
Durga Thapa is probably one of the best known faces of the 1990’s people’s movement. Almost three decades later she is still political and looking for a way to make her mark in politics besides being a poster girl of the movement.
Data Reveals Local Elections a Disaster for Gender Equality by Bhola Paswan
Despite the 50% quota for mayor, chair and deputy positions, and two of the four ward member seats set aside for women, men still outnumber women in the 35,041 thousand local government positions.
We Were Sexually Harassed by a Tribhuwan University Professor by Nisha Shah & Manisha Lamsal
It is difficult to speak about harassment, especially when the perpetrator is a renowned, veteran intellectual who has spent more than half of his life advocating for social justice and gender equality. But it is his very position that our perpetrator abused to humiliate us–he knew that as a celebrated professor at Tribhuvan University, he was powerful, and could get away with his abhorrent behavior because nobody would challenge him.
#MeToo and Nepal’s Patriarchy Problem by The Record
The late Susan Strange, a brilliant international relations professor in the UK, once said that men either belonged to cultures in which men liked women and enjoyed their company or they belonged to cultures that did not. Nepal, despite exceptions, is firmly in the latter category.
“I have understood people very well, based on my own perspective. Because of our mental prowess and intelligence, we are capable of being extremely knowledgeable; and that’s how I encountered negative traits such as dishonesty and pride. Maybe that’s why there is disillusionment in me.”
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