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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 […]