Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Nepali Women of the Now: Jhamak Ghimire

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog

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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

Empowering Women in Finance

By Anuja KC/@AnzKc

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When I first saw an advertisement pop up in my Facebook a few months back, it had a tag line written in big bold letters,“Invest Like a Woman.” That didn’t sit well with me for the first few seconds, but after clicking on the link and going to the company’s website, Ellevest. I was finally convinced that it was not a derogatory tagline, but a way to empower women to invest. I didn’t particularly view this tagline as a negative inference, but I definitely remember asking myself, “but what does invest like a woman actually mean?” After ruminating for several days, the light bulb went on. It was because I didn’t have any female role model associated with being a successful investor that I could instantly think of when I read that tagline. When I was growing up I seldom saw women proactively taking part in the financial decision making in Nepal. It was not very typical of women to take ownership of financial matters in any household and go out an invest without a male’s approval. Based on my professional experience working in the financial sector for many years in the US, most of the investment decision making is led by male counterparts. The current investment systems that are designed by men. Whereas, women are more sensible and level headed to make investment decisions, but we somehow do not idolize women as investors or consider them as our role models in financial decision making. Continue reading “Empowering Women in Finance”

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

Diaries of a British-Nepalese bride: ‘If you like it, then you gotta put a bangle on it…’

By Bandana Upadhya

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Photo credit: Rhijuta Dahal

I was in Nepal recently during a festival called Teej, popularly termed a ‘women-only’ festival. Teej appears to go on for weeks in Nepal though it is primarily a fasting festival that lasts 24 hours, during which women –rightly or wrongly – make a 24 hour sacrifice of hunger and thirst in return for a specific blessing from Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The unmarried asks to be blessed with a “good” husband; while the married woman selflessly wishes that her husband is granted a long and healthy life. There might be other reasons for Teej, but these are the most commonly shared ones. Continue reading “Diaries of a British-Nepalese bride: ‘If you like it, then you gotta put a bangle on it…’”

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: 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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