Women reach the top in Nepal’s trekking industry

Women reach the top in Nepal’s trekking industry

Associated Press – Huffington Post – Friday, 02 May 2014 POKHARA, Nepal — When Lucky, Dicky and Nicky Chettri tried to break into Nepal’s male-dominated trekking industry 20 years ago, competitors tried to run them out of business. They say men threatened them, harassed them — even filed bogus police reports against them. “The men […]

A Conversation with Nepali Journalist, Women’s Rights Advocate Jaya Luintel

A Conversation with Nepali Journalist, Women’s Rights Advocate Jaya Luintel

Alma Freeman – Asia Foundation News – Monday, 10 March 2014 (originally published 05 Mar) Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, In Asia editor Alma Freeman interviewed Nepali radio journalist and women’s rights advocate, Jaya Luintel, on women’s changing role in politics and society in Nepal, the country’s wide gender gap, and hopes […]

High in Nepal, a Lowly Status for Women

High in Nepal, a Lowly Status for Women

Kerri MacDonald – New York Times – Wednesday, 23 October 2013 (originally published 21 Oct) A woman crouches in a doorway, hay at her sandaled feet and a cow to her left. She looks ahead, a pained stare on her face. This is where she lives, for now. “She’s not allowed to go back in […]

[Nepal] Going to school, instead of work

[Nepal] Going to school, instead of work

Betsy Anderson – CNN – Tuesday, 04 June 2013 (originally published 22 May) (CNN) — Purnima lives in Nepal. She wants to be a nurse. But because she is a girl instead of a boy, she is more likely to go to work than go to school. In Nepal, government schools start charging tuition in […]

Celebrating [Nepal] mothers

Celebrating [Nepal] mothers

Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba – Republica – Monday, 13 May 2013 (originally published 09 May) Indira Gandhi, when asked to state her greatest moment in life, reportedly said, “When I became a mother.” Indeed, if one of the most powerful women in world history regarded becoming a mother as the greatest moment in her life, […]

Out of the sheds: Women fight segregation in rural Nepal

Out of the sheds: Women fight segregation in rural Nepal

Allyn Gaestel – Christian Science Monitor – Thursday, 07 March 2013 (originally published 02 Mar) In this tiny riverside town in Nepal’s remote Far West region, a spitfire activist explains his fight against chaupadi, the local custom of isolating women from their families during menstruation. For generations here, menstruating women have slept outside of their homes, in small […]

Nepali women seek to balance economic participation

Nepali women seek to balance economic participation

Kamala Gautam – UPI.com – Tuesday, 15 January 2013 (originally published 08 Jan) KATHMANDU, Nepal (GPI)–Pratima Pokharel, 65, a resident of a rural district in Nepal’s Eastern region, coughs hard. She married her husband at the age of 15. She was in grade four. A life of hard work followed, she says. Pokharel gave birth […]

NEPAL: Tailoring technology for female farmers

NEPAL: Tailoring technology for female farmers

IRIN – Thursday, 02 August 2012 (originally published 01 Aug) KATHMANDU, 1 August 2012 (IRIN) – Most of Nepal’s agriculture is undertaken by women, but research tailored to their needs is lacking. “We need new technologies that can reduce the drudgery for them,” said Devendra Gauchan, agricultural economist and chief of the Socioeconomics and Agri-research […]

HIV+ women face uphill battle in Nepal

HIV+ women face uphill battle in Nepal

Padanraj Joshi – Himalayan – Thursday, 05 July 2012 (originally published 01 Jul) It was not the fault of Sarmila BK that she became infected with HIV, but because of her HIV positive status she had to leave her home. An inhabitant of Godawari, Kailali, Sarmila was ousted from her home when her husband died […]