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Nepali Women of the Now: 3 More Women Who Inspire

By Kanchan Gautam

Somehow we have already made it into the second quarter of 2018, yet to me, 2017 still seems
like a few weeks ago. I am still reflecting back on 2017 and hoping 2018 is just as great of a year
for women as 2017 was. It seems like even though the Nepali Government banned Chaupadi, we
kept reading of the tragic deaths of young women’s death in these archaic menstrual huts. Nepal
also has yet to make amends to the constitution which discriminates women from conferring
citizenship to their children in the same capacity as men. Nepal still has a long way to go in
creating an equal footing for its female citizens to their male counterpart. This year I want to
focus on the positive and with that let’s turn this to someone women who made us proud to be
Nepalese Women. There were many Nepalese women who made headlines in various industries
nationally and globally last year. I hope this trend continues. Here are three women who have
made headlines in the recent years and continue to amaze us all with their positivity and
resilience. Continue reading “Nepali Women of the Now: 3 More Women Who Inspire”

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Postponed Another Moment

By Bandana Upadhya

Artist credit: Shiloh Sophia

“Oh no, oh no, oh no,” my frontal lobe repeated, the panic starting to travel from my brain to my throat, heart, and stomach. I escaped to the obvious place, the bathroom. A bathroom holds many secrets for a woman; its four walls can tolerate any truth, any amount of frustration and endless tear-laden and fear-driven moments. My husband shouted from the bed, “are you alright?” I don’t think I said the ‘Oh no’ out loud, or maybe I did. I think he was worried because I ran off, and even the least attentive man would notice their wife run away in the circumstances in which I ran. ‘No I am not alright,’ I wanted to scream. It usually takes me some time to reveal my vulnerabilities, so I pretended not to hear. He asked again. ‘Just leave me alone!’ I wanted to shout this time round. Instead I said, “I am fine”. The “fine” was unhelpful but it gave me a little more time with the mess in my head.   Continue reading “Postponed Another Moment”

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Gauthalika Kathaharu

Happy New Year everyone! Sending you best wishes in this upcoming year! This year I am going to start by telling you about a new show that premiered on Himalaya TV, a series worth watching! I have a lot of TV shows that I like to watch, I don’t usually watch many Nepali/Indian shows because I find them to be too dramatic and sometimes superficial. They are too much like soap operas and I am just really not into that. Gauthalika Kathaharu reached out to us about posting about their show. At first I was very skeptical because I didn’t think it was going to be very good. Boy, was I wrong! I found the episodes (I’ve only seen the first 3 episodes) to be very moving, and well told.  The issues vary from episode to episode, but it focuses on friendship, love, family dynamics, breaking expectations, and much more. Frankly I am very impressed with it. Did I mention the best part? The series is led by mostly women, both the Executive Director and Executive Producer are women, which is a BIG DEAL!

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Nepal’s First Transgender Model

By Isha Shresta

Photo credit: Anjali Lama’s facebook

 

The fashion industry has long been dominated by tall, skinny women – often with European features. In fact, more than 70% of models cast for the 2017 Spring fashion weeks in New York, London, Paris and Milan were white, per the diversity report by The Fashion Spot. So, when I heard about an up-and-coming Nepali transgender model, I was intrigued.
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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”

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Empowering Women in Finance

By Anuja KC/@AnzKc

Photo credit: Urban Outfitters

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”

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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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