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Voice of the Voiceless

‘Yaed grihe pujyate nari
Ramante tatra devata’- Hindu mythology
It implies that God would be happy in that house where women are respected well. This is what we need to implement in our lives. Nepal is multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic, independent secular state. We have strong belief in our religion and various spiritual preachings.
Yet, we are crippled by the manacles of segregation and chains of discrimination. Women are regarded merely as appendages of themselves and just created to tempt the men.
Are we?
Our culture has made women submissive, shy, introvert, fragile and always shadowed. But it has also described gallantry role of women. Her courage, patience, strength, creativity, intelligence are very much admired in our ancient mythologies. Then why our society has limited the characteristics of women.
Today, I realized how weak a woman is, how pathetic is her situation when she says nothing about all her bruises, speaks nothing about the blood that is flowing from her wounded forehead, and still she tries to convince others that she is fine and is worried about the one who made her so pathetic!! What a shit! Why doesn't she ask for help?
If both dauntlessness and demureness are well praised in the mythologies, then why our society wants us to be demure rather than dauntless at present?
Why are we compelled to act shy rather than outspoken?
But no more. I refuse to stay mute coz I want to yell. No one speaks for me. I speak for myself.
Web 2.0 is a voice of the voiceless. This can surely equip me with the arms and ammunitions to revolt against the age-old patriarchal programming, to screen my own shortcomings and march ahead.
And I am not alone. I should only lead; there will be millions behind me, together with me aspiring for the beacon of freedom and equality. This can be possible through Web 2.0.


Sharontina's picture


What a spirit dear,

Powerful writing. I should say there is some magic in this young woman's writing.

Got hear more and more and more from you that keeps driving our spirits.


Merlin Sharontina

ayodele emefe's picture

Hello Ansupokharel, Thank

Hello Ansupokharel,

Thank you for such a passionate and intriguing post. Your story is filled with emotions which no doubt comes from your heart as you want to see a change in the way women in Nepal are treated. That is a very positive step which I believe is achievable bearing in mind the impact that digital media and the web 2.0 is creating in the world today.

Nepal is similar to Nigeria in terms of cultural orientation as over 250 tribes are in existence, Culture play a key role most times in shaping how women are treated and where "their so called place" within the society are, as it is believed that they should only be seen and not heard. Speaking out is very important for women and that is what is lacking in most developing nations.

I applaud your determination to see women in the forefront rather than taking the back seat. But how do you intend to apply web 2.0 in carrying out your initiative in ensuring that you get the needed response?



"You are a champion and a hero. Do not think yourself any less"

ansupokharel's picture


I am very much happy to get your responses Ayodele and Sharontina.

Ayodele, I am not alone in this fight. Many women are demanding the same but I am very much concerned about to what extent. I want to raise my voice for the global good along with the vision to make women able to speak rather than hiding their face with the sarees and staying silent.


Anisha Pokharel

weaverheart's picture

Powerful piece!

Dear Anisha,

Thank you very much for your strength of word and vision. You convey a powerful sense of what needs to be done. I can see that you, (and your voice!) are a brave warrior on the path of change and transformation for our fellow sisters, both in Nepal, and around the world. Keep up the good work!

All the best,

Laura R.

Isabel Siegel Griffith's picture

Powerful and Inspiring!!!

Dear Anisha,

I enjoyed reading your piece. It is a very powerful, emotional and inspirational. I congratulate you for writing from your heart, and your honesty for expressing the reality of so many women around the world with no reservations. This gives your readers a visual picture of your struggles and inspires us even more to become a part of your movement to empower women. You have passion and drive and you are on your way to becoming an even more powerful and stronger leader in your community. I would like to know more about how you plan to move forward with your vision of the future for women in Nepal?

Warm regards,



ansupokharel's picture


Dear Isabel and Laura,

I am really motivated by wonderful things you guyz say. I am in the learning phase and hope in the days to come i could explore more such things that my society wants to be secretive :)

Isabel, actually, I believe that change begins from ourselves so at present I am currently studying very hard and learning many things so that I can empower myself. Parallely, I am going through the various issues that are haunting my society so that i can seek solutions.

Anisha Pokharel

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