Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Nepali Women of the Now: Jhamak Ghimire

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog

Photo credit: The Himalayan Times

 

I first heard about Jhamak Ghimire from my dad because she happens to be from the same place as him and his family. They both hail from Kachide, Dhankuta.  In the last few year she has been getting international recognition for her poetry and writings. Jhamak was born with cerebral palsy,  a neurological disorder that affects a person’s motor movements. She does not communicate through vocal words, instead she writes with her feet.  I was interested in reading her work, but did not have access to her books until 2012. That year I was in Nepal and went to a book fair with my mama and saw her works in English. I purchased her memoir “Jiwan Kada Ki Phool (A Flower in the Midst of Thorns)” and read it in 2 days. I highly recommend everyone to read her words. I imagine they are even more powerful in Nepali. Continue reading “Nepali Women of the Now: Jhamak Ghimire”

Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Nepali Women of the Now: Asmita Dhungana

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog


This month we are featuring Asmita Dhungana. She is a psychological wellbeing practitioner (PWP) in England. Psychological wellbeing practitioners work with groups of people suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. The job is to help people manage their own recovery using behavioral therapy interventions. Mental health policy was developed in the late 1990s in Nepal, but integrating services to its population has been difficult.  As Nepalis we know how hush hush this topic can be amongst our family, yet we know several people who are suffering silently. I admire Asmita because she is not afraid to talk about mental health and work with people who are suffering! I hope her interview inspires us to be more vocal about our own mental health issues and not be afraid to seek help when we need it.

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Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Nepali Women of the Now: Nirmala Lekhak

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog

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This month we have Nirmala Lekhak, an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She teaches in the Department of Nursing and this is her first year there. I admire her because of her dedication to be an expert in her field and then go out and inspire others. In addition to being super smart, Nirmala is also an amazing dancer (something she forgot the mention). She also dedicates herself to organizations and causes outside of the classroom. I wish her all the luck for her first year of being an Assistant Professor. I know she’ll be amazing! Continue reading “Nepali Women of the Now: Nirmala Lekhak”

Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Nepali Women of the Now: Prabighya Basnet

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog

I am really excited about this month’s featured Nepali woman. Prabighya  is the co- founder of Khali Khutta, a company that sells environmentally friendly products. I met her during the summer of 2007 when I was in Nepal and she happened to come over to my Great Aunt’s house. We talked and bonded. A few years later, I ran into her at the Bangkok airport when we were both on our way to Nepal. Through the years I have know her she has traveled all over the world, learning and growing. In 2010, Prabighya and her sisters started a marketplace where organic produce was sold in Kathmandu. Since then, her businesses and projects have expanded. I admire her because she is someone who practices what she preaches. Her commitment to Mother Earth, to her community,  and her country is contagious.  Continue reading “Nepali Women of the Now: Prabighya Basnet”

Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Nepali Women of the Now: Astha Tamang-Maskey

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog


This month we are featuring Astha, an amazing singer and song writer from Canada. I discovered Astha’s music through social media a few years ago and just fell in love with her voice.  I also like that she sings in both Nepali and English.  My favorite song is Khula Aakash and my favorite music video of hers is Khaali. All her music videos are amazing.  Her most recent released song is Ride.  I admire her because she’s following her dreams and not letting society dictate what she should or shouldn’t do with her life.  Pursuing a creative life is not easy, but Astha does it with class. Thank you Astha for making beautiful music! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for your career.
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Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Nepali Women of the Now: Richa Neupane

By Richa Pokhrel/@richapokhrel
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This month we have Richa Neupane.  She is currently a Fellow at Teach For Nepal.  Teach For Nepal is a competitive 2 year teaching fellowship that puts recent college graduates in classrooms across the country. Richa currently teaches English at Indreshwori High Secondary School in Sindhupalchowk. She returned to Nepal after the 2015 earthquake in order to work directly with our people and country. In addition to being a teacher, she is part of Code For Nepal,  an organization aiming to increase digital literacy and use of big data. I admire Richa because she came back to Nepal to work even after having opportunities to work and stay in America. I admire her because teaching is not an easy profession, but she is working hard to make sure her students have more opportunities in life. Good luck with the rest of your fellowship, Richa!

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Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Nepali Women of the Now: Manisha Paudel

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog

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This month I interviewed Manisha Paudel, a Senior Policy Analyst for the City of Tacoma. She works in the Equity and Human Rights department. In my understanding, equity is when people no matter who they are, what their background is have access to opportunities and resources without bias or discrimination. I would like to point out that there is a difference between equality and equity.  Manisha explained that equality is when everyone receives the same thing, but equity is when everyone receives what they specifically need to succeed. In her role she works to inform service providers of this difference and what it takes to close gaps and bring more people from various communities to the table. In addition, she works on creating policy that benefits the whole community, particularly in areas where people have been historically marginalized. Outside of her 9-5 job,  she has been involved with  Amnesty International and leadership – based organizations for more than 10 years.  She served in various capacities in Amnesty International, including Student Group Founder, Regional Group Member Leader, and currently Workshop Facilitator. She is a Nepali woman I admire because she works hard to make sure everyone gets their fair chance at having a quality life.

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