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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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Devi, Diva, or the Devil

By Anuja KC/@Anzkc

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I recall the days when I was in school, probably in 6th grade doodling images of houses, cars, trees and everything that filled my imagination while my teacher would lecture to his heart’s content about things that never mattered to me. I was delusional yet very creative at heart. What seemed to my teachers as a diligent note taking was actually my secret escapade to the world of imaginations and possibilities. Sketching was my form of self expression for things that I feared verbalizing in front of the whole class. If I had to summarize my young self in one word, it would be “Devi”. For those who are familiar with Hindu mythology, Devi is a gendered specific term for a female deity, a goddess. In colloquial Nepali language, “Devi” is synonymous to a female who is decent, diligent, disciplined and full of good qualities that society expects a woman should have.

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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.

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The Battles We Fight

By Richa Pokhrel/@richapokhrel

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I have written a piece before about how we should have more courage to stand up to the atrocities we see in our societies, but lately I have been thinking about battles within our families and  communities. Recently when I was at a relatives’ house, their youngest daughter told me a story about her interaction with another male family member. In that story, she said that one of her uncles had asked her to get her something from the kitchen, she said no and told him that he should get it himself. He was an abled bodied man who could get whatever he desired. I was proud of her because she stood her ground. However, it made reflect on conforming and confronting in our families. Continue reading “The Battles We Fight”

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Yes, I Am A Woman!

By Sambidha Sen Thakuri

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Okay, I have to admit, I was raised like a boy. I bought track suits instead of frocks and sneakers instead of sandals. As I was growing up, my friends frequently told me that I was tomboyish. I didn’t know what it meant then. What girl would want to befriend someone with whom they could not enjoy talking about their new dresses or someone who wouldn’t compliment them about the color of their nail polish? It was not that I wasn’t interested, but I had some other interests. This included only a few people in my friends circle.

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Why So Unequal?

By Rhijuta D

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I check myself in the mirror. What I am wearing is pretty acceptable in the West, but I have to add an extra layer  because I am living in the East. Figure hugging outfits are not what you step outside your house from, especially if you have curves.  Fair enough, I respect the culture and I try not to offend other people’s eyes (men and women).

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Holidays and Beauty

 *Two short blog entries before 2014 is over. Happy New Year everyone!

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After hours of applying and reapplying my make up, I finally got ready for a wedding party. At the wedding, I observed women complimenting each other on their saris, make up and hairdos. A bejeweled teenager came over to me and remarked, “That bitch is wearing perfect eye makeup. I will have to YouTube makeover techniques tonight. By the way, I adore your earrings.” After contemplating these comments for awhile, I figured out one disgusting flaw in our culture- the culture of insincere complementing.

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