The internet is a scary place, addictive yes, but scary nonetheless. And much is talked about ‘political correctness’ but at the same time issues such as homophobia, bullying, revenge porn, racism are just as widespread. Now, I, by no means, would consider myself an expert on sociology, psychology or politics but I do have in myself a reasoning capability granted by biology and so I have my doubts when it comes to being politically correct.
A woman is told to come home before dark, and definitely before her husband is home. They are often told to speak softly, and to put family obligations before work at all cost. It has never been easy to break out of those gender norms but women have never stopped trying. Today (March 8) is International Women’s Day and we take this opportunity to celebrate women’s unrelenting spirit. This special issue of The Week brings you some of the most inspiring stories of women around us.
The importance of pregnancy care cannot be stressed enough. There are so many books and articles already written about it that the information available is often contradictory. Also, there are many people who depend on traditional practices and act against the advices of professionals. Dr Rangina Laikangbam (Shah), an obstetrician and laparoscopic gynecologist at Alka Hospital in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, says it’s quite alarming how people don’t know even the basics of pregnancy care.
80-year-old Thuli Maya Sunuwar is up hours before sunrise and starts work much before many of us have even had our morning cup of tea or coffee. Her knees and back hurt, she has troubles with her sight, and she can feel her body slowly giving up because things she once did with ease take a lot of effort now.
I always believed that people who ended up doing remarkable things have had a life changing moment or episode. But meeting some extraordinary people and talking to them made me realize that I could do a Nobel Prize worthy deed right here, right now. No motivation required. Motivation, for most, was a fleeting feeling.
Nepal isn’t really known for its athletic advancements. Although we have a lot of strong and skilled people who could make it to top-level international competitions if they are given the right opportunities, their athletic careers stagnate because they don’t get much support. One athlete who has overcome all challenges and is making a name for herself in the global arena is trail and sky runner Mira Rai.
Conventionally, behind every successful man there is a woman. But when women are breaking gender norms and barriers like never before, mustn’t we pause to consider that the opposite could very well be true too? That there are in fact some good men who have rallied for (their) women by supporting them whenever and however possible? Here, five famous figures talk about the men without whom they wouldn’t be where they are.
Singing has, for the most part, been about emulating an artist’s song. That’s how we all learn to sing. Riding on this, covering songs is a huge affair today. A great number of up and coming musicians begin their musical careers not by releasing original works but by performing their versions of popular songs. Most cover artists are music lovers who have nothing more than a guitar and a passion to bring their music to people. While covering songs and posting them on the web initially gained traction in the west, it wasn’t long before Nepal picked up on the trend too.
Shradha Ghale is a familiar name in the world of English-language journalism in Nepal. Her writings have focused on unequal power relations in Nepali society and the experiences of marginalized groups across the country. This year she came out with her debut novel “The Wayward Daughter: A Kathmandu Story,” published by Speaking Tiger, Delhi, and the book has caused quite a stir among Nepali readers in and outside Nepal.
Women being discriminated at the workplace are common narratives, ones that we get to hear quite often. Demoralizing as the circumstances might be, they don’t, necessarily, hinder progress and achievement, say some very influential and powerful women The Week spoke to. Here’s what they had to say. Read on to be inspired.