Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Morality and Victim Blaming in South Asian Societies

By Kanchan Gautam

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Recently while browsing through a selection of movies on Netflix, I happened upon a Bollywood movie. Usually, I stay away from Bollywood cinema, as they tend to lack depth and are riddled with gender role stereotypes. However, when I saw the description for Pink, I was intrigued. It seemed to veer from the typical Bollywood story of romance and thrills.  Additionally, with 136 minutes run time, it seemed to be reasonably short for Bollywood standards, so I decided to throw caution to the wind and watch it. I have to say besides the melodramatic portrayal of a retired lawyer played by Amitabh Bachan and some unrealistic court scenes, the movie’s depiction of how assault victims are treated in South Asian culture is very accurate. We have seen this many times, not just in Asian cultures, but here in Western society as well. People tend to blame the victim for their assault rather than the perpetrator for their actions. Continue reading “Morality and Victim Blaming in South Asian Societies”

Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Girls on Periods

Again we hear a story about a teenage girl who has died while on her period. It’s tragic that this still happens even when it has been outlawed. Nepali society needs to do a better job ensuring the safety of our girls and woman. They don’t deserve to die because you are uncomfortable with them menstruating.

We’ve covered this topic before and it’s one that many of us talk about frequently. I am angry and sad. THIS does not need to happen.

Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Man in The Mirror – Looking at Male Privilege in Nepali Society

*Something new on the blog today! We have a male voice speaking about male privilege in our society. We hope you like that we’ve switched things up a bit. Please discuss.

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Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Resilience: Nepal’s Greatest Strength and Most Crippling Weakness

Insightful piece on the current situation in Nepal. I (Richa P) have been in Nepal for almost a month. I can see with my eyes what the fuel crisis is doing to the people living here. People can’t cook because they don’t have cooking gas and the price for firewood has gone up. People aren’t able to go to school and work because of the limited amount of vehicles on the road. Hospitals and clinics reporting that medicines are running out. Everyday people talk about the situation, you talk about it with everyone. The taxi driver explains why he is charging what he charges. People ruining their engines buying fuel from the black market.

The people who can afford it have been able to get by okay, it’s expensive to buy an electric cooker and other things. But I think mostly about those who don’t have money or resources, how hard their lives must be right now. I don’t want to think about what will happen as the colder season creeps in, what about the victims of the earthquake who are still living outside? What about the sick patients who need vital medications to survive? All I can say is that our people are very resilient and we are very hospitable. Even with all the tragedies that have happened this year, people still share what they can, people still smile when they can. I admire that the most, their strength, their resilience, and their giving nature. Please share your thoughts!

Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

How To Lose Your Period Myths

By Rhijuta D

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Picture Credit: http://www.mansfieldct.org/Schools/MMS/staff/szych/Repro/PAGE3.HTML

About bloody time!

I was recently reading an article about menstruation and its practices in Nepal. I couldn’t help, but conduct more research on this topic. The internet is a great source to learn about and challenge popular myths. With menstrupedia taking off in India educating rural girls and women all about the monthly cycle, and Genderlog on Twitter questioning the myths during periods, and with Kiran Gandhi running without a tampon during London Marathon, everyone is trying to break the taboo and menstruation has never gained so much attention (aside from the blue liquid we get on sanitary pads adverts).
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Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

What’s Happening in Nepal?

By Richa P

Photo credit: CNN
Photo credit: CNN

In less than one month, I, along with my family and few friends will be going to Nepal to celebrate my marriage to Chris (three years after we tied the knot). Back in 2012, I was set to marry him, again in Nepal, but my grandfather unexpectedly passed away so we had to cancel. In our culture after a close family member dies, one can’t participate in any religious ceremonies for a time period (this depends on your relationship to the deceased). Since my grandfather passed away, my parents and paternal relatives wouldn’t be able to participate in the wedding ceremony. Chris and I finally decided to throw our reception this year, we bought our tickets in late January.

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