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Caste Blocks Revamp of Nepal’s Sex Workers

May 7, 2012

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Badi sex workers await rehabilitation. Credit:Naresh Newar/IPS By Naresh NewarMUDA, Nepal, May 7, 2012 (IPS) – Social activists say that attempts to rehabilitate sex workers in this former monarchy call for special efforts to uplift the Badi, a Hindu caste that has for centuries been associated with entertainment and prostitution. Sabitri Nepali was initiated into […]

Nepal’s Third Gender and the Recognition of Gender Identity

April 25, 2012

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Kyle KnightPosted: 04/24/2012 On Dec. 27, 2007, the Supreme Court of Nepal issued a decision that has been called “arguably the single most comprehensive judgment affirming protections for gender identity anywhere in the world.” The decision in Pant v. Nepal was overwhelmingly in favor of the petitioners, a group of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, […]

Millennium Goals Mock Nepal’s Slave Girls

April 21, 2012

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By Naresh Newar These former slave girls face extreme poverty. Credit:Naresh Newar/IPS DANG, Nepal , Apr 20, 2012 (IPS) – Five years after Nepal abolished Kamalari, a system of girl slavery, thousands of young women are still awaiting promised rehabilitation and support from the new democratic republic. Some 11,000 ‘liberated’ Kamalari girls, many of them […]

Taboos Undercut Nepal’s Marital Rape Law

January 18, 2012

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By Tara BhattaraiWeNews correspondentWednesday, January 18, 2012 Many women in Nepal say they didn’t know that involuntary intercourse within marriage has been outlawed. Women’s advocates say those who are aware would rather call it a form of domestic violence than marital rape. KATHMANDU, Nepal (WOMENSENEWS) — Devaki Poudel, 39, has kept quiet about the abuse […]

Group in Nepal Takes Pride in Kidnapping Brides

January 11, 2012

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By Lochana SharmaWeNews correspondentTuesday, January 10, 2012 Among an indigenous group in Nepal’s western region, the human rights violation of kidnapping women and girls for marriage is still a matter of masculine pride. Stealing a bride is more honorable than eloping, one husband says. MUSTANG, Nepal (WOMENSENEWS) — Mendok Gurung, 19, says a group of […]

Nepal: Peace Brings More Violence Against Women

December 31, 2011

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By Sudeshna Sarkar A protest campaign in Kathmandu to demand change for women. Credit:Sudeshna Sarkar/IPS. KATHMANDU, Dec 31, 2011 (IPS) – Four months after her murder, you can see Rosy Maharjan flashing the two- finger victory sign – from a Facebook page. With police arresting the 21-year- old’s boyfriend and the people he hired to […]

Nepal: Peace Brings More Violence Against Women

December 31, 2011

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By Sudeshna Sarkar A protest campaign in Kathmandu to demand change for women. Credit:Sudeshna Sarkar/IPS. KATHMANDU, Dec 31, 2011 (IPS) – Four months after her murder, you can see Rosy Maharjan flashing the two- finger victory sign – from a Facebook page. With police arresting the 21-year- old’s boyfriend and the people he hired to […]

Nepal’s lost circus children

September 8, 2011

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An investigation into the trafficking of Nepalese children to work in Indian circuses.People and Power Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 In the border district of Hetauda, in southern Nepal, child trafficking is rife and the lack of border controls makes India an easy destination. For decades, Nepali children, mostly girls, have been sought by Indian […]

Nepal’s lost circus children

September 8, 2011

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An investigation into the trafficking of Nepalese children to work in Indian circuses.People and Power Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 In the border district of Hetauda, in southern Nepal, child trafficking is rife and the lack of border controls makes India an easy destination. For decades, Nepali children, mostly girls, have been sought by Indian […]

NEPAL Fasting Against Corruption Spreads

September 5, 2011

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By Sudeshna Sarkar Former legislators and ministers on a relay hunger strike in Kathmandu. Credit:Sudeshna Sarkar/IPS KATHMANDU, Sep 1, 2011 (IPS) – Inspired by Indian socialist leader Anna Hazare’s celebrated public fast against corruption in the Indian capital of New Delhi, starvation protests have sprung up in Nepal to press for a timely new constitution. […]

NEPAL Fasting Against Corruption Spreads

September 5, 2011

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By Sudeshna Sarkar Former legislators and ministers on a relay hunger strike in Kathmandu. Credit:Sudeshna Sarkar/IPS KATHMANDU, Sep 1, 2011 (IPS) – Inspired by Indian socialist leader Anna Hazare’s celebrated public fast against corruption in the Indian capital of New Delhi, starvation protests have sprung up in Nepal to press for a timely new constitution. […]

Nepalese Recount Hazards of Foreign Household Work

September 4, 2011

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By Lochana Sharma WeNews correspondentSunday, September 4, 2011 Nepalese women who have worked in household jobs in Gulf states return with tales of extreme workplace abuse. But many left the country in defiance of a government ban, so they can’t seek official help. KATHMANDU, Nepal (WOMENSENEWS)–Sapana Bishwokarma, 26, has no answer when asked about the father […]

Nepalese Recount Hazards of Foreign Household Work

September 4, 2011

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By Lochana Sharma WeNews correspondentSunday, September 4, 2011 Nepalese women who have worked in household jobs in Gulf states return with tales of extreme workplace abuse. But many left the country in defiance of a government ban, so they can’t seek official help. KATHMANDU, Nepal (WOMENSENEWS)–Sapana Bishwokarma, 26, has no answer when asked about the father […]

NEPAL: Reintegration challenges for displaced women, girls

August 27, 2011

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KATHMANDU, 26 August 2011 (IRIN) – Nepal’s efforts to help conflict-affected women and girls gain a stronger footing in society may not be enough for the widows, rape victims and former Maoist combatants now tainted by social stigma, activists say. “Because women have held guns and left their homes, because they were sexually assaulted, people […]

NEPAL: Reintegration challenges for displaced women, girls

August 27, 2011

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KATHMANDU, 26 August 2011 (IRIN) – Nepal’s efforts to help conflict-affected women and girls gain a stronger footing in society may not be enough for the widows, rape victims and former Maoist combatants now tainted by social stigma, activists say. “Because women have held guns and left their homes, because they were sexually assaulted, people […]

Arranged Marriage Before Birth Diminishes Among Nepali Ethnic Group

August 17, 2011

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by A. Brinsky by Lochana Sharma07/18/2011 KANCHANPUR, NEPAL – Even before Phoolmati Chaudhary, whose name has been changed to avoid family conflict, was born, her parents had already arranged her marriage to a friend’s son. Arranged marriage is a custom of Nepal’s Tharu ethnic group, which Phoolmati’s family belongs to. Now, 15 years later, the […]

Arranged Marriage Before Birth Diminishes Among Nepali Ethnic Group

August 17, 2011

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by A. Brinsky by Lochana Sharma07/18/2011 KANCHANPUR, NEPAL – Even before Phoolmati Chaudhary, whose name has been changed to avoid family conflict, was born, her parents had already arranged her marriage to a friend’s son. Arranged marriage is a custom of Nepal’s Tharu ethnic group, which Phoolmati’s family belongs to. Now, 15 years later, the […]

NEPAL Peace Fails to Stop Female Workers’ Exodus

August 11, 2011

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Credit:Sudeshna Sarkar/IPS By Sudeshna SarkarShantimaya Dong Tamang’s bid to earn money as a domestic worker in Kuwait ended with her becoming a quadriplegic. KATHMANDU, Aug 10, 2011 (IPS) – Six years ago Shantimaya Dong Tamang went to Kuwait to work as an illegal domestic worker, falling for brokers’ tales of how she could earn good […]

NEPAL Peace Fails to Stop Female Workers’ Exodus

August 11, 2011

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Credit:Sudeshna Sarkar/IPS By Sudeshna SarkarShantimaya Dong Tamang’s bid to earn money as a domestic worker in Kuwait ended with her becoming a quadriplegic. KATHMANDU, Aug 10, 2011 (IPS) – Six years ago Shantimaya Dong Tamang went to Kuwait to work as an illegal domestic worker, falling for brokers’ tales of how she could earn good […]

NEPAL: Emerging from menstrual quarantine

August 6, 2011

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Photo: Amy Lieberman/IRINKamala inside her ‘goth’ MANGALSEN, 3 August 2011 (IRIN) – Every month, for one week,14-year-old Kamala Vishwarkarmas returns from school to sleep alone in a dark, windowless mud hut. She is forbidden from entering her family’s house during her menstrual cycle for fear of what might happen. “I’ll stay here in the ‘goth’ […]

NEPAL: Emerging from menstrual quarantine

August 6, 2011

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Photo: Amy Lieberman/IRINKamala inside her ‘goth’ MANGALSEN, 3 August 2011 (IRIN) – Every month, for one week,14-year-old Kamala Vishwarkarmas returns from school to sleep alone in a dark, windowless mud hut. She is forbidden from entering her family’s house during her menstrual cycle for fear of what might happen. “I’ll stay here in the ‘goth’ […]

NEPAL Religious Practices Oppress Women

July 28, 2011

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By Sudeshna Sarkar KATHMANDU, Jul 28, 2011 (IPS) – The recent gang-rape of a Buddhist nun and her expulsion from her sect have sparked a debate about the deep-rooted religious traditions and biases that foster discrimination and violence, especially against women, in this South Asian state. The public outcry against the nun’s expulsion forced the […]

NEPAL Religious Practices Oppress Women

July 28, 2011

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By Sudeshna Sarkar KATHMANDU, Jul 28, 2011 (IPS) – The recent gang-rape of a Buddhist nun and her expulsion from her sect have sparked a debate about the deep-rooted religious traditions and biases that foster discrimination and violence, especially against women, in this South Asian state. The public outcry against the nun’s expulsion forced the […]

NEPAL: Struggle to spread malnutrition awareness

July 23, 2011

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Photo: Amy Lieberman/IRINMany mothers don’t understand malnutrition MANGALSEN, 21 July 2011 (IRIN) – Convincing mothers their children need treatment in Nepal’s isolated rural districts is an ongoing challenge. “All of my children look like this,” Dharma Bhatt, 26, told IRIN from her daughter’s bedside at Achham District Hospital, in the far west of the country. […]

NEPAL: Struggle to spread malnutrition awareness

July 23, 2011

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Photo: Amy Lieberman/IRINMany mothers don’t understand malnutrition MANGALSEN, 21 July 2011 (IRIN) – Convincing mothers their children need treatment in Nepal’s isolated rural districts is an ongoing challenge. “All of my children look like this,” Dharma Bhatt, 26, told IRIN from her daughter’s bedside at Achham District Hospital, in the far west of the country. […]

Arranged Marriage Before Birth Diminishes Among Nepali Ethnic Group

July 19, 2011

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The mangni tradition – the arranging of marriages for unborn and young children among family friends – has been prevalent among Nepal’s Tharu ethnic group since the 1940s. But these days the custom is waning as the younger, more educated generation begins to speak out.  by Lochana Sharma 07/18/2011 by A. Brinsky KANCHANPUR, NEPAL – […]

Arranged Marriage Before Birth Diminishes Among Nepali Ethnic Group

July 19, 2011

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The mangni tradition – the arranging of marriages for unborn and young children among family friends – has been prevalent among Nepal’s Tharu ethnic group since the 1940s. But these days the custom is waning as the younger, more educated generation begins to speak out.  by Lochana Sharma 07/18/2011 by A. Brinsky KANCHANPUR, NEPAL – […]