Current Status of Women in Nepal And Personal Introduction Sara R.
Introduction My name is Sara and I am from Rapid City, SD I love the outdoors; rock climbing, bouldering, hiking, camping, going to the lake I consider myself a feminist, don’t tell me I cannot do something because I am a woman. I will prove you wrong I have an amazing supportive family Life is good – no complains from me Bouldering in the Black Hills of SD
More about me … I am a senior! I am studying psychology and frankly I’m not sure what I plan on doing next in my life Right now I should be studying for my GRE since I take it in October When I’m not doing homework, I am working at one of our local Moorhead coffee shops, and I LOVE my job (probably because I love coffee and people)
The Women of Nepal
I chose Nepal because I have had a unique interest in it since my friend went there and climbed Mount Everest
Someday I would love to go on a trek through the mountains and experience the Buddhist traditions and Nepali culture.
What is Happening Now-The Women’s Foundation of Nepal A group of professional Nepalese women started the group in 1988 Goal: to make social and economic opportunities available to women no matter what They are working towards changing Nepal’s constitution to support women’s and children’s rights
What is Happening Now Nepal has a caste system with women always ranking below men (even their sons) In home life women are inferior to their husbands, there is no equal partner system Education is frowned upon for women; women’s literacy is 10% lower than the literacy rate in Nepal. Good news: more and more literacy programs have been implemented If a woman does have a job she earns about 75% of what a male makes Girls and women are forced into sex trafficking (All information from Status of Women in Nepal by Deep Silwal )
Women and Reproductive Rights I found quite a few articles on this topic Nepal is the only country in the world where life expectancy for females is lower than males – this has to do with dangerous childbirth practices Over 16% of women have become sterile voluntarily vs. only 7% of men Women are supposed to be sexually naïve and rely on their husbands to be experienced in the “bedroom department”
Nepal has a very patriarchal society Women and girls receive less food than men and boys even though they prepared it Women are second class citizens BUT… more and more groups (NGOs and otherwise) are working to change the ways women are treated in Nepal Women of Nepal