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She was sitting at a corner where light was dim and others could hardly see her face. But I could make out her in deep as she was taking breathe so difficult. Her eyes had concealed a full bucket of grief and anytime that could be spilled.
We both were working in remote Terai region of Nepal with a non government organization working for women’s upliftment. We were recruited at the same day so we were closer than others.
That day was the regular monthly staff meeting. We were pre-informed of the firing of an anonymous staff and that was none other than Jamuna (name changed), revealed during the meeting. As far as I knew, she was honest, hard working and skilled staff. When I was informed about the real cause to get her out from the job I could not stop myself to speak against the supervisor’s decision on that. I never can tolerate any such kind of misconduct and any other discrimination to women. Ultimately I decided to stand up.

I was almost sure that I would not have any support from other staffs though they were women. Nobody could risk the job. This is weakness too, created by dominant to all women. Nonetheless I dared for a good cause, for a serious concern, which would really give me great satisfaction. I decided to go against the biasness.

The cause she was about to be fired was to become pregnant. She herself was too excited to have growing baby inside her. The coordinator (Boss), a narrow minded and cruel hearted, was male and was very prejudiced. He was in 180 degree, and decided to give farewell to Jamuna.

The dark cloud had just covered her face. Jamuna could not speak a single word. My heart melted. I forgot my career and raised the voice definitely against that bad practice. I strongly disagreed on his decision. How could one woman sacrifice her motherhood for carrier? Further to this it was all about woman right. Everybody was watching me with widened eyes with mixed feeling of joyfulness and fear. Jamuna was expressing gratefulness unspoken but clearly in her eyes.

My single voice was just like a drop of water in the ocean but at least I fought what was possible in the scenario. It always makes me happy internally.

Comments

frederica Maima David Gibson's picture

Great job!

Usha,
Thanks,, the right to motherwood was on the line, your internal happiness made you a woman,The magic formula at times for women, has been the fair to help and to speak for each other,
Keep it up!,
Frederica,

Y'ello,
This my new email address freddiegibs@yahoo.com
note that freddygibs is no longer my email address as it was hacked,
Frederica,

usha kc's picture

Dear Frederica,, thank you so

Dear Frederica,, thank you so much for the time you gave to read it and for your comment.

Nusrat Ara's picture

A sad thing. Bravo for

A sad thing. Bravo for standing up.

Thanks for sharing.

Love

Nusrat

usha kc's picture

Thanx alot Nusrat dear.

Thanx alot Nusrat dear.

rahma's picture

thanks sister

thanks for sharing your story and do not forget that you are not alone

rahma

usha kc's picture

you are welcome sis

Thank you so much for reading it and supporting words.

sabitap99's picture

You did your part. Speaking

You did your part. Speaking up when remaining silence is easier thing to do. I wish we have more women like you in this world to make this world a fair place and a better place to be.
thanks for the story. enjoyed reading it.

usha kc's picture

Hey,, Thanx alot my dear

Hey,, Thanx alot my dear !!:))))))))) I am looking forward to hear from you .

One of Many's picture

your amazing heart

I thoroughly love this post, Usha -- and enjoy reading and rereading what you write.

I so admire and am so moved by your voice!

your didi,

Anna

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