KATHMANDU, March 6: With a number of gender equality movements and initiatives including Beijing Declaration taken over the past several years, there is a popular belief that the ‘glass ceiling’ which exists against women is getting thinner and smaller.
Nepal is a country on the move. Politically, despite having only just emerged from decades of turmoil, Nepal’s democracy is flourishing. Financially, remittances sent home from millions of Nepali migrant workers abroad have transformed the national economy and raised the living standards of many.
Smita is back to normal life. She has resumed regular office work. Looking at her, nobody can imagine the battle she just fought—the battle against the most the terrible, horrific, traumatic moment in her life. She appears as optimistic as ever and enjoys the present moment looking forward for a better future with great enthusiasm. She is full of energy, compassion and zeal. I have never seen anyone so resilient like her.
Why is my existence questioned? Why is my opinion questioned just because of my womanhood? Does working till late night and being independent, living on my own, wearing clothes of my choice make me promiscuous? I often think of these questions.
Local females are restoring the Bhairav temple at Taumandi, Bhaktapur. There is a commendable female- participation in the mending works, from carrying the construction materials for the restoration to help to get things put together.
LAMJUNG, May 5: Sadikshya Gurung Ghale of Dordi village of Lamjung was always a shy person. Speaking in front of a lot of people was never her cup of tea. The hesitation did not go even after she became secretary of the local Ama Samuha a few years ago. Chatting with women informally was one thing but presenting oneself in a formal forum was another. But that did not bother her much; women in her village were all shy in public. But they are no more so.
KATHMANDU, April 15: The global reproductive rights movement that began in the 1960s transformed the lives of hundreds of millions of women, empowering them to govern their own bodies and shape their own futures.
KATHMANDU, March 8: The world has seen many advancements and that is also true where women empowerment and equality is concerned but there are a lot of things that still hold women back. These five women have paved the way for others like them to dream big.
“Where do you see yourself in the list of empowered women?” – A casual question flung my way when my colleagues and I were gossiping over coffee. My instant reaction was somewhere at the top. I really felt like an “empowered woman”, especially when I compared myself with the general situation of women in Nepal and reminded myself of the fact that gender based violence and other heinous crimes like female feticide are still rampant in our country.
DHADING, Nov 7: Bhawani Karki, 21, did not have a sound health when she was born. Things did not improve even later. When she turned a toddler, she would fall when if she attempted to walk. She grew up with low self esteem and unfulfilled dreams, she says.
KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Inner Wheel Club of Balaju organized ‘Empowering Women through Self-Defense against Abuse’ – a self-defense program aiming to empower women -- at the premises of Yellow Pagoda Hotel, Kantipath on Saturday.