HONG KONG – In 1960, the Nobel laureate economist Ronald H. Coase introduced the “problem of social cost”: human activities often have negative externalities, so individual rights cannot be absolute. Institutions must intervene. There is no better example of this dynamic than the COVID-19 crisis.
In today’s social climate, discussions on the topic of discrimination are becoming more and more common as we examine ourselves and the world we live in more closely. Discrimination between different groups of people is a popular focus, but oftentimes discrimination within marginalized groups is overlooked. Internalized racism is common in minority groups. It can manifest itself through conscious and unconscious acceptance of a racial hierarchy, believing your own race is less inferior or another race is superior. Internalized racism can lead to colorism, low self-esteem, and even self-hatred.
The Covid-19 pandemic has altered our perception about what is normal, and thus our 'needs' and 'wants' carry a new meaning. As we wander amid an unprecedented crisis, many of us believe that it may perhaps change us as a species. Our priorities have changed, and so has our outlook towards life. It has changed everything from the way we communicate to the overall functioning of each sector of the business environment.
KATHMANDU, June 29: Security experts have expressed fears that the prolonged lockdown and restriction measures put in place to contain COVID-19 without any support to ease the life of ordinary people could soon push the country toward a state of social unrest.
Have you ever heard a Brahmin man murdered for marrying a Dalit woman? At least, I have not. Love is blind, it is said. But I say love has eyes of caste, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, wealth, and geography. The provision of the constitution that all adults, irrespective of their gender and caste, can choose their partners sounds like a false promise.
KATHMANDU, May 28: After shutting its business for weeks due to the lockdown, one of the most sought-after restaurants in town, Bajeko Sekuwa is now running back on track with active home delivery services. Although the restaurant hasn’t been able to function like in the pre-lockdown phase, the operators are content that they are able to provide service to their customers and possibly pay salaries to their staffs. “We are satisfied that we have been able to stand up to the expectations of our customers but the major satisfaction we have is that the home delivery service has made it possible for us to pay salaries to our staffers even in a time of a crisis,” said Sanjib Kumar Timalsina, head of operations at the restaurant.
KATHMANMDU, May 25: Aakriti Khanal remembers how before the COVID-19 lockdown she used to be a different individual as compared to now. “I was a book-worm who was almost a nerd, always reading books,” she recalls. However, the period after the lockdown has been quite eccentric for her. In a bid to cope with the ongoing lockdown, she has now developed a few new hobbies and enjoys having discovered them. Sketching and watching anime are her current major hobbies.
KATHMANDU, May 10: The Federation of Women Entrepreneurs' Association of Nepal (FWEAN) has urged the government to waive the interest of the capital women entrepreneurs have burrowed to start their businesses as they are forced to incur a huge loss due to the nationwide lockdown enforced by the government to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
CAMBRIDGE – Aristotle was right. Humans have never been atomized individuals, but rather social beings whose every decision affects other people. And now the COVID-19 pandemic is driving home this fundamental point: each of us is morally responsible for the infection risks we pose to others through our own behavior.
21-year-old Aakriti Kapali says that the coronavirus pandemic feels like a bad, sad dream. The only good thing, so far, is that her life, though changed, hasn’t come to a standstill. Since her job is mostly translating and transcribing data, she is working from home. And she’s grateful to have that semblance of normalcy in life in the current times.
Facial recognition cameras equipped with Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled body temperature detection technology have been installed in cities across China to detect people who may be infected with COVID-19 to prevent them from traveling. The facial recognition technology (FR) is probably developed with good intentions, but experts argue this intrusive surveillance could be potentially used by totalitarian regimes against the population. Therefore, many pro-social technology experts, human rights activists, and politicians have been calling for a ban. The law enforcement agencies and other technologists, however, argue FR has the potential to offer huge benefits to society and are instead a calling for proper regulation.
Actor Shruti Haasan says she has learnt to navigate through the "lopsided" gender dynamics on a film set, where the hero gets preferential treatment, while most women use silence as a defence mechanism.
How many times have we seen something that we felt was wrong and said to ourselves, “If I could, I would have…,If it were up to me, I would…,or If I were the prime minister of the country, I would have changed such and such”? We all have our own problems and issues with the twisted ways in which the world seems to function. There are many things that irk us and that we think should change if the society is to prosper as a whole. If given a chance, what’s that one rule you would implement to make the world a better place?
Ayushmann Khurrana starrer ‘ Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ is all set to hit the screens tomorrow and the actor has indulged in a whole lot of promotions to spread a word about his same-sex romantic outing.
Over the past few months, I had the opportunity to lead a skills lab for bachelor’s degree students of social work, trying to help them bridge the gap between theoretical and practical knowledge. There is no training that can make a youth completely ready for a job as only a continuous and engaging “on the job” experience can help her become the best she can be.
KATHMANDU, May 25: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said the conscious community should mobilize to take the country ahead towards the journey of a secured social change and prosperity through patience, courage and in a judicious manner.
A person who is always dominated by a society,
Who can’t be out from her duties and many responsibilities?
Who never gets tired of doing any works?
Who can’t enjoy all the rights and freedoms that a boy could,
Today’s social structure is incredibly complex, and our societies are left with many more challenges: judicial, socio-economic, religious and psychological to mention a few. The most important workforces in helping us address these challenges are social workers. They have committed themselves to bringing a positive change in people who face various challenges in their social, economic and psychological spheres of life.
After I got married, I was asked to make tea the next morning. I had never made tea at home. I didn’t know how to make it. I knew it entailed mixing tea, milk, and sugar and I could only measure powdered milk. I was told to make 15 cups of tea. There were guests who wanted two cups of tea instead of one (one cup of tea in the morning doesn’t feel like tea was their justification for it). I got the measurement wrong and there was something really off about the color, to say nothing about the taste.
“Don’t go out. Even if you do, come home within the next hour” These are the words we girls hear before going out of our houses. Every time we go out, all we hear is to be careful, be aware of the bad people, and shout immediately when you find somebody following you, don’t talk to boys, don’t talk to strangers, and don’t get into the taxi alone.
We all want and talk about change but how many of us are actually willing to do something to bring about the transformation we seek in the society? Today, it is heartwarming to see many individuals who have taken it upon themselves to do whatever they can to uplift those who are in need of it and thus change their communities and nation one idea at a time.
KATHMANDU, Sept 19: Representatives from various sectors of the society including politicians, media persons and experts working in the field of governance have stressed on the need of making the government bodies more transparent and accountable.
KATHMANDU, July 22: As a gesture of their continued support to the cause of medical education reform spearheaded by Dr Govinda KC, a group of civil society members has started a mass sit-in protest from Sunday at Kathmandu Durbar Square.
KATHMANDU, July 22: Bipana Sharma believes that there’s no age-bar for success. “If you have the zeal to be at the top, age is just number. So it’s never too early to chase your dream,” Sharma, an aspiring child activist shared.
KATHMANDU, July 22: Noted members of civil society including a former chief justice, human rights activists, cinema actors, doctors, lawyers and representatives of various professions as well other sectors took to the street at Baneshwar on Saturday to press the government to address the demands of Dr Govinda KC, who is on the 22nd day of his 15th fast-unto-death. Dr KC is pressing for reforms in medical education.
Amidst an event held at Nepal Art Council, Baber Mahal on Sunday, three graduates were awarded 'Prashant Talent Scholarship'. Prashant Memorial Society has been granting scholarships to fine arts graduates since 2003.
MUMBAI, July 4: Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp messenger has told India that curbing the spread of false messages through its platform is a challenge that required a partnership between the tech firm, civil society and the government.
One fine Friday evening, as I was scrolling down my Facebook page, a video caught my attention. Someone had shared a post that showed a woman being beaten and dragged on to the floor in accusation for practicing witchcraft. This video was from the far west Nepal, and people were sharing it all over the social media.
KHOTANG, June 24: Khotang Sewa Society UAE (KSS UAE) has provided financial assistance to the family of an infant whose mother died after delivery. The assistance was provided for the infant after the mother, Sarita Karki, 25, of Halesi Tuwachung Municipality-11, died on May 16.