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Imagine The Controlling Power in the Hand of Nepalese Women....?

According to Ms. Sapana Pradhan-Malla, a practicing Lawyer of the Supreme Court of Nepal and president of the Forum for Women, Law and Development, Nepal has the highest maternal death rate in the world among densely populated countries. Moreover, she states that it’s “a country where various forms of violence against women are taking place.”

The continuous cycle reinforces the current status of Nepalese Women.

The Social System of Nepal is a main barrier to bring equality. In another word, Nepal has been a patriarchal country from centuries. Especially, in rural Nepal, women are bounded in the house. Parents think that sending their daughters to school is worthless because whenever daughters are ready to earn, they got married and support their in-laws family. So, although parents have money they hesitate to send their daughter for higher studies. As a result, many talented young ladies drop out after their secondary level education. FAO reported that “The literacy rate among females aged 10-14 years (49.3%) is nearly 14 times higher than that among women aged 55 years and over (3.6%).” Finally, Girls have a social role to live out as mothers to their own children and as daughters to their husband’s families. It encourages women to marry at a young age because their families do not invest in their education, a lack of education leads them to be less employable and therefore economically dependent on their husbands / families.

Contrasting, parents’ think that sending their sons for higher education is worthy because when they become old their sons cares after them. They even think that sons will light the pyre after their death although there is no written law that only sons have to light the pyre. There is an impact of immature mothers raising children. The women are unaware of how best to care for their children and family due to lack of education. It brings negative consequences which often result in death to mothers and children. UNICEF (2007) reported that in Nepal over 50,000 children are suffering from malnutrition and more than 60% of these result in death. Who will give work to unqualified women? They aren’t educated. How will they support their family?

Similarly, the parents’ property belongs to the sons inherently, and daughters are ignored. As wives, rural Nepalese women are ignored in economical power. WelNepal, a local organization that works to promote women’s rights in property, reported that 90% of Nepalese live in rural areas for agricultural purposes. Where 90% are women who depend on agriculture as a living, sadly, only 10% of the total Nepalese women have their own land. There are laws that allow equal access to the property for both men and women but implementation of these laws is almost nonexistent. Who will help the women to empower?

Furthermore, some dominate Nepalese might take the advantage of these ignored/voiceless women by forming various political parties in the name of “women’s empowerment.” They might use the women against the government to accomplish their goal but ignore them when they are in the power. Unfortunately, Nepalese women lack economical power and follow other dominated political parties. Without economic independence, they are trapped in the overall system. Unless women are economically powerful, gender equality is impossible not only in Nepal but also in every corner of the world. Everyone has to work on it, because, it will decrease the poverty. This social structure isn’t going to change in a year because it has been loved and cared from centuries.

Equality is possible but how?
It is said that especially in Nepal, men are powerful and they can shape the world as they wish. Although, it has been said, but do they really want to? What will happen if all the men stand in the shoes of women? What will happen if men are bound inside house and the controlling power over men is in the hand of women? Imagine men cooking food, washing clothes and carrying their children bag and sending them to school whereas women working outside of house and keeping records of their husbands. Then men will realize the situation in a week. Moreover, we need awareness campaign. I feel this will make a drastic change.

This article is part of a writing assignment for Voices of Our Future, which is providing rigorous web 2.0 and new media training for 31 emerging women leaders. We are speaking out for social change from some of the most forgotten corners of the world. Meet Us.

Comments

aliĝngix's picture

Your Article

Your story structure is very nice. It moves neatly into the introducing paragraph with a quote.
Then, the question. In one sentence you managed to capture the essence of your whole paper.

You have very nice supporting paragraphs to follow. You move into the problem that it is in the system. The views of the people. How the woman view themselves.

You give us statistics to give us a way to see the scope of the problem. You state actions that lead to this vicious cycle, of being used and then ignored.
This has to stop somewhere, but where?
The answer? The solution includes all of us, the world.

Now we have the finishing paragraph. It shows us the lesson of the present, that things cannot move forward until we can enlighten the ones who are holding back, we will be stuck in a rut.

The god news is we can change that, if we work together to build our future.

I like your last line, that empathy will be the best lesson for these men.

Your writing style is very honest, a strong arm in a non commanding way of what we need to do to see these world we are envisioning. You are good writer.

I wonder if this analysis of your writing helps out at all. I hope you don't mind. Please keep on writing.

Dear friend,
Namaskar,
Thank you so much for your feedback. I am moved from your comment. I am trying my best to improve my writing. I am still wondering if there is anything I can improve and searching from my readers. Thank you so much for your valuable time and efforts you made to read and leave a comment. I assured you unless men understand the situation of women and women have the equal economic power equality is impossible.
I am very focused in your one sentence. “I wonder if this analysis of your writing helps out at all.” That’s true to think because the overall structure is loved and cared from centuries. It is impossible to bring change in a day but one day my analysis will help to bring the equality and I believe in it. Moreover, we should also focused on campaign in order to make men realized the situation of the women.
I love comments from my readers even it is a critics because I believe the way I looked to the situation is different from the way you look to the same situation. I cannot wait to hear more in the future.
With love
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Maria Cuellar's picture

Unite for change

Dear Sunita,

I'm sorry to hear that the illiteracy rate is so high in Nepal, especially among women. Changing the way a system has worked for many generations is very difficult, and only the people in the system can do it. Women have to unite and feel like they do have a voice so they can let the men know that they are people too.

This change has happened in other countries before, so there is hope that it can be done in Nepal too!

Thanks for writing this piece!
Maria

sunita.basnet's picture

I do agree with you

Dear Maria,
I do agree with you, One day there will be equality in nepal as it happened to other country. But, we need to work hard to bring the equality in the country. No one is going to work for us or help us to raise our voice. we need to raise our voice then only the equality will come.

Thank you so much for your comments and valuable effort you made to read my OpED.
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

jadefrank's picture

breaking the cycle

Hi Sunita,

"Without economic independence, they are trapped in the overall system. Unless women are economically powerful, gender equality is impossible not only in Nepal but also in every corner of the world."

This sentence says it all. Thank you for writing this piece and giving us a view into the political, economical and cultural situation of women in Nepal.

I believe that with the leadership of women like you, and others in your country who are educating themselves and taking a stand (Khushbu, Yuko, Prabi, Lanjana, Shweta, etc), the women of Nepal can one day break this cycle. I believe in you!

Love,
Jade

sunita.basnet's picture

We will and we can.....

Dear Jade,
Namaskar,

First of all, thank you so much for your effort you made to read my post and leave a comment. We do believe that we will work hard to promote human right and bring bring equality in the country and we can. Everything is impossible unless we give a try and work hard. We also need to have a patience because it will take little time to bring the equality.
Thank you.
With love
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Nancy Kallitechnis's picture

Nepalese women

If Nepalese women get half the power they will dramatically change their society for the good. A study of 278 households in Nepal found that though rural Nepalese women had much less cash than men they devoted 15% more money to the monthly household budget. Most men spent a disproportionate amount of income on luxuries like tobacco, liquor and leisure activities, while women devoted a lot more of their income to family nutrition and were more likely to set aside extra money for health care and education.

Dear Ms. Nancy,

first of all thank you so much for your comment. I am sorry for sending late reply because I am suffering from flu and still not fully recover.
Yes, I agree with you. Here I want to add something more, Near my home there is a labors village. Most of the men spend their income in thier drink whereas the women worked hard and support thier family. sometimes, the husband stole some money from thier wives and go to drink if they didn't earned or they tortured their wives and go for drinking so those types of behavior and think has to be changed to empower women.

Please keep continue commenting me.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

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