Sarita Giri

Why are the Nepali politicians afraid of Sarita Giri?

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Who is Sarita Giri? Sarita Giri has been in political talks over the past couple of weeks. In an effort to retaliate India’s unilateral construction of trade link road via Lipulekh, the Oli government issued a new political map and decided to amend the constitution, and since then, Sarita Giri …

Babita Marik's son peeps through the bamboo wall. Bamboos are essential part of Mariks' lives.

A New Discourse on Chhaupadi is needed – Destroying the huts is not the Solution

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A plan with proper study of need identification, monitoring, evaluation, and impacts will be effective in helping the women to slowly un-follow this tradition. What is Chhaupadi? Chhaupadi is a tradition followed in western Nepal where menstruating girls and women are banished to live in sheds for four days. Following …

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The Tussle for House Speaker

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This article was written on December 12, 2019 Since October 1, after the former Speaker of Nepal Krishna Bahadur Mahara resigned following rape allegations, the post of Speaker remains vacant. The Deputy Speaker, Ms Shiva Maya Tumbahamfe, who is registered in the Election Commission as an NCP member, has been …

Upsurge in Violence

Participation of Women in Police Force

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The constitution of Nepal has guaranteed 33 per cent female participation in all governmental bodies. This provision has helped aspiring females to participate in the public sphere, and it has also helped to create role models for other females. Due to this positive provisioning, many women who were suppressed by …

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News Digest (July 22-28, 2019)

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The Ruling Party Opposition Politics Security and Strategic Affairs International Relations Gender and Social Inclusion Provincial Affairs Economic Development and Governance The Ruling Party NCP         The ruling party announced the district in-charge and sub-in-charge. The party’s topmost leaders, however, misused power and appointed their closet ones and not included many …

No Gender Responsive Budget in Karnali Province

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Karnali Province and Gender Responsive Budget Gender specific issues like, chhaupadi, child marriage, domestic violence, and reproductive health are some of the highly prevailing issues of Karnali province following which the status of women is inferior there. However, the provincial government budget has failed to address these issues. Ministry for …

Two Third Majority

Remittance is great, but what of the workers’ suffering abroad?

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Nepali youth often choose foreign employment, despite its severe effects on their physical and mental health, due to the lack of job opportunities at home. Approximately 1,300 migrant workersdepart from Nepal on a daily basis to Gulf countries for employment. Many Nepalis are living under inhumane conditions in those foreign lands. …

Babita Marik making fan or bena out of bamboo shoots. This is their traditional occupation which is slowly dying out. She only makes them when she gets orders, that is only during wedding seasons. She gets Rs 1000 per order. On other times, she stays home looking after her children. Mariks are of Dom caste, much lower than Dalits in the caste hierarchy.

Light of Hope for Dalits

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Nepal retains its centuries-old caste system. Dalits, the discriminated people under this system, suffer from restrictions on the use public amenities, deprivation of economic opportunities, and general neglect by the state and the society. More than twenty Dalit caste groups exist in the country at present and caste-based discrimination is …

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They are citizens too

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Nepali mothers should be able to pass citizenship on to their children via their name. The idea of citizenship has never been the same, even during the early Roman period. Aristotle, the most prominent philosopher of all time, has written in his book entitled Politics Book III, “Whoever is entitled …

Babita Marik's son peeps through the bamboo wall. Bamboos are essential part of Mariks' lives.

CHHAUPADI: A VAPID PRACTICE

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Chhaupadi is a social practice followed by the Hindu women in mid and far western part of Nepal during the menstruation; when they are isolated in a small hut nearby their residence. They are not allowed to practice any normal family activities; even are restricted to go to schools, temples, …