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Travel Focus on Katmandu From a Gender Sensitive Perspective

Ever dream of what life would be like in such exotic places as Katmandu, for a young woman growing up in the 21st Century. How much has life changed with the advent of technology? For most women, it is difficult to imagine what life would be like but for twenty-four year old Khushbu, life can be challenging in an “a very conservative community, I have not let it be a hindrance to what I am doing. I can mix with people from all community, and all ages” she says. Despite the advent of technology and the influence of western society, Katmandu has maintained its culture, pride and traditions. However, life for women has changed dramatically as they attain more access to educational opportunities that were not available in the past. For Khushbu, “my greatest success has been fulfilling my dream of my father getting 3 national awards.”

In the past, such success for women was unheard of, but today it is common for women to want to achieve academically although they must do it under the protection of their family if they are single, to avoid dating and having sex before marriage. Again, let us examine Khushbu’s situation as she endeavors to continue here education, she was challenged by, “my father not letting me leave my city, having to stay in my relatives' house because my folks were worried about me”. Women have obtained educational freedom, yet lack the social freedom, many crave as an expression of their true liberation.

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JaniceW's picture

Wonderful interview

Dr. Edonna, I am so happy to learn more about Khushbu and you have provided wonderful insight into the cultural challenges she confronted to get to where she is now. In western countries, we take education for granted and so it is interesting to read about the barriers our sisters face as they pursue academic achievement. Not only did you provide a compelling profile of Khushbu but your interview highlights how education may provide cultural freedom but not liberation. Most enjoyable.

dr edonna's picture

Khushbu seeking liberation

I am glad you were able to pick up the angle of education and its effects on the freedom it offers to women, also glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for the comments.

jadefrank's picture

Khushbu

Hi Edonna,

Since the day Khushbu emerged in the PulseWire community, we've known what a special woman we had amongst us. However, it is wonderful to read your article and get a more full-spectrum view of her and young women like her in Nepal.

Cheers,
Jade

dr edonna's picture

Special Khushbu

I am glad that her uniqueness, and courage came through the article. Thanks for the comments.

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Khushbu

I loved reading your interview with her, great job. She is such a fascinating woman that it was nice to read your interview of her.

Maria

dr edonna's picture

Thank You

I wanted to ask you about your views on racism vs. sexism, which do you feel most potently? Would like to hear your comments on this topic, since we have discussed this area before.

Maria de Chirikof's picture

so interesting!

I created a post in the Lounge area to get everyone elses take on it

http://www.worldpulsemagazine.com/node/10959

Hope to hear your views and comments too. It should be an interesting discussion.

Maria

Kizzie's picture

Hey there, Great story. I

Hey there,

Great story. I loved how I was able to relate to it! It's interesting how women in different parts of the world face common limitations. It makes me extremely happy to see hopefulness in other countries, it makes hopeful about my own country.

Love,
Kizzie

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