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women discrimination mostly in rural areas

Women in Nepal face the discrimination from the womb. It has been a culture to dominate women in our country. Women face discrimination particularly in rural areas where religious and cultural tradition, lack of education, and ignorance of the law remain severe impediment to their exercise of basic rights such as the right to vote or to hold property in their own names. Since Nepal is a patriarchal society, the birth of son is more valuable than the birth of a daughter. In our society, men are the most powerful members. This is because, in our religious beliefs that only son can help give salvation to his ancestors. In Hinduism, it is belief that only son can perform “shraddha” a funeral rites that pay homage to the dead. For this reason people in our society prefer son than daughter. In rural areas, people often abort the pregnancy for the reason if they give the birth to a girl. Such kinds of practices are still prevailing in the rural areas and this kind of discrimination may persist throughout a woman life’s time. Traditionally, women are taken as to do the household works only. They are meant only for to do domestic purposes. Their duties are to care the children, her husband, her family and household chores. They are treated as their salve. They don’t have the rights to their property also; in fact husband is woman’s property. All the rights and authority goes in the hand of male to the property. Women are often become the victim of domestic violence also. They are treated badly and misbehaved also. Moreover, when their husband died, then they have to burn themselves with her husband. It was kind of rites in the past history. So women were dominated from the past history. But now it’s rare to find such kind of rites. But still women are not getting their rights that they had to get by birth as similar to male. The future of rural areas of Nepal is far from bright and promising. The majority of people are uneducated and under privileged. But now it seems that it is more controlled comparing to past. Women has demanded for gender equity and equality, equal rights on parental property affirmative affirmation and positive discrimination, stop violence against women and representation on decision making position .


JaniceW's picture

Gender equality

Sabina, thank you for sharing your thoughts on the plight of the Nepali women. It is because of women such as yourself who refuse to accept the status quo and speak out for equal rights, that the condition of women in Nepal will change. I encourage you to join Falcha, a group where Nepali women connect, discuss their issues and find solutions to make the lives of Nepalese women simpler. You can find the group at:

Hardik Subhakamana,

jadefrank's picture

a clear message

Hi Sabina,

Your voice is so powerful and your message so clear. You have opened a window for us to see the life of a rural Nepali woman and the kinds of discrimination and abuse she faces. While I am so discouraged to hear that these injustices are stil happening everyday, I am also encouraged by your words of optimism in that change, while slow, is beginning to happen and women are taking control of their destiny by demanding equality. Such an important step in the journey for women.

Thank you for sharing your voice here Sabina and I look forward to reading more of your honest and powerful journals!

Warm regards,

ps. I have added the tag "16 Days 2009" to your journal so that your words can join other women in our community in speaking out for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Find out more here:

sabina's picture

Thank you

well thank you for yours comment. I am very much pleased that we woman can share our voice through worldpulse. Really it's so wonderfull to speak for our society and mainly for women.

kelsperry's picture


This is exactly the attitude I was just writing about in my paper "The Modern Oppressor." I had to do it for a class, but I posted it on here because I thought it was so relevant. I'd love your insights-- it sounds like you are experiencing firsthand the issues that I have been studying about for this paper. It's so hard to overcome stereotypes that have been embedded by culture and religion for hundreds of years... but we are making headway! I am confident that if we all keep working hard and encouraging each other, we can make a better place for the women and girls of the world.
your friend,

Khushbu's picture


Hi Sabina

Great to read your post. These are very important issues for our country, and thank you for bringing them up.

As Janice said, please join Falcha, and share your perspectives

Would love to read more from you.


Khushbu Agrawal

sunita.basnet's picture

Sabi... U rock ....

Hello Sabi....

What's up! You diddn't even tell me after posting. Thikai chha chuchha..
I am very impressed AUW students are getting interested to join World pulse. I would love to read more in the future.

Yes, I agree with you Bahini, We need to work really hard to remove the discrimination from our country.

Please continue writing, i hope you will find this place as a wonderful place.

See u in the room

Love you
Sunita Didi

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

sabina's picture

thanks for all of you

well its my great pleasure to write more on world pulse. and khusbu didi i have already joines Flacha. hope we can do better for the upliftment of women.

Sangita Thapa Magar's picture


Exactly these are the issues that most of the South Asian Women are facing. So we all women shold move forward to overcome such situations and issues fromthe our country.

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