Archive for March, 2011

Nepal`s single women instigate much needed change

Posted on March 7, 2011, by drini, under Gender Masala.

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By Lily Thapa.
Director and founder of Women for Human Rights, working to support single women who have lost their husbands.

When my husband died I was 29 years old with two young children. I was educated and from a professional middle-class family in Katmandu, the capital of Nepal. My husband was of similar background.
But with his death I realized for myself that education could make inroads into a society only up to a point. In Nepal which is mostly a Hindu society, deep-rooted religious traditions, some of them blatantly discriminating against women, are difficult to change. And this is what I faced, an experience so traumatic that I was jolted into working for change.
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