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by jyoti.shrestha | March 14, 2009 at 6:41 AM
I am Jyoti Shrestha from Nepal. I am a Access Academy student in Asian University for Women.
Welcome to PulseWire! Ignored Strength is an intriguing title for your journal. What do you mean by that?
Jyoti... it is a pleasure to have you as a member of PulseWire. Being from New Zealand, I have always had great affection for Nepal where Sir Edmund Hillary worked tirelessly through his foundation to build schools for the children of Nepal. I look forward to reading more from you and to hear about the issues facing young girls and women in Nepal on a daily basis.
Again, welcome and I know that you will find this to be a positive experience. Best wishes,
PulseWire Community Director
Sometimes need to step behind, only because you are female, how do you feel? So, many women’s stories make me feel the inner value of women have generally been ignored. Though people advocates the issue on injustice against women several times, the reality is still very clear and still prevalent. Women are still discriminated against. I was aware of this fact before, however after the talk with Khulsuma and knowing her condition, led me believe that the value for women is still in ground level in the most countries. And this is very disappointing to all of us as a human being.
Today, I would like to share one story of a woman, Khulsuma. She is 23 years women with 6 years old kid. She eloped with a man when she was 13 years old, later they married. However both parents didn't accept them. She used to work hard in a garment factory and used to give all her owned money to her husband. Slowly the situation started reversing from the time she got tubersulosis. She was forced to leave the job, as working in the garment factory was making her health worse. The person whom she loved and believed started to mentally as well as physically abused her at the time when she needed care and affection. She was then kicked out from the only home. Even her in laws family came forward to support their son in such a situation. Then, in addition she started to face difficulties under open sky. Though she is skilled in stiching clothes, she is not given chance to get in, in this male dominated society. Getting no any option she started to beg aroung central plaza, Chittagong, the same place where we met her. She says she uses those money collected from begging in the treatment of tuberculosis and for her daily expenditure. When we asked her further about her family life, she explained with the heartful sorrow that spoke through her tears. And she looks forward to get her rights back that was violated by her husband with her self confidence.
This is not only the story of Khulsuma, but also of many other women whose voice are still supressed.
I along with my friends stepped forward to acknowledge people what's happening in some corners of the world so that no one would tolerate the abuse, thinking that is only happening to her through the project comprising her story.
Thank you for sharing this story so that we may become more educated in the plight of women in Nepal. In some respects, women have come far but in others, there is still a great road ahead. I so admire your efforts to give voice to women like Khulsuma who have grown up in a society where they were told their voice had no value. By speaking out, others will feel empowered to take a stand and in time, movements will start and laws will be reformed. Because of your efforts, lives will be changed for the better and you can take great pride in knowing that you make a difference.
I am sure you are familiar with the organization but I wonder if the Antenna Foundation Nepal would be interested in your story for their programme, Mero Jindagi [This I Believe]. You might like to enquire with them as they describe the programme as a campaign to engage people in speaking, writing, sharing and discussing the core values and beliefs that guide their daily lives. "While adopting the program our goal is not to persuade Nepalese to agree on the same beliefs but rather hope to encourage people to begin the much more difficult task of developing respect for beliefs that are different from their own."
Best wishes to you,
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