WOMEN

  • Launch of Ruby Cups and Menstrupedia: A Period Revolution

    July 20, 2017 • WOMEN • Author:

    Cover Image: “Don’t feel shy – It’s just a period!” A mural created by Putali-Nepal in collaboration with Sattya,Media Arts Collective for Menstrual Hygiene Day 2016. You can find it on a zoo-wall behind the zoo in Patan, near the Sattya office. Image...

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  • How to be a (feminist) warrior without actually going to war

    March 8, 2017 • WOMEN • Author:

    Years ago, women began fighting for equal rights. Fast forward to 2017, and we’re still fighting. Except that we now have slight (slight!) freedom to pick our battle — and our choice of weapon. Let’s face it, not all of us have the luxury of disappearing for a day or the security of going to...

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  • Taekwondo Girl: Soni Khadka

    February 27, 2017 • WOMEN • Author:

    It's a mere coincidence that as I am writing this story, the theater near our place is flocked with the audience for 'Dangal', a Bollywood movie, with the story of a wrestler father training his young daughters to become world-class wrestlers. So let me clarify, this story is not the outcome of an...

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  • Dedicating my Shivaratri to the women!

    February 21, 2017 • WOMEN • Author:

    Shivaratri, to me, has always been about evening walk to Pashupati, Shivaji’s Prasad, Babaji, bonfire, street vendors and flow of the human crowd. I remember a time, years ago when the public was allowed to enter the premises of Pashupati on Shivaratri without any restrictions. I remember going...

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  • There are no ugly women, only lazy ones

    January 21, 2017 • WOMEN • Author:

    Yesterday while going through my Snapchat stories I saw a paparazzi picture of Gigi Hadid where she wasn’t being a model but herself. She was dressed in casual gym wear. She’s got a body to die for, everyone knows that, and besides how nice and tall she looked what caught my eye the...

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  • The ‘Whys’ of Sexual Harassment

    November 15, 2016 • WOMEN • Author:

    Harassment: aggressive pressure or intimidation The fourteen year old, afraid to get on a bus for the fear of what happened last time, only if it were the last time; the words from a hypocrite on support of equality, but two beers down women become objects of materiality, or ones who don’t even...

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  • Are you a “nice” Nepali girl?

    November 9, 2016 • WOMEN • Author:

    We all know that there is a huge gender inequality that exists in Nepal. The Nepali girls are always told to behave properly or to be nice. They are always told to do certain things in a certain way because they are nice/good girls. But what does it mean to be a nice Nepali girl? …...

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  • Flying on her Dreams – Ramailo Guff with Nita

    October 16, 2016 • WOMEN • Author:

    “Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly” – Langston Hughes Many of the times we relate to those lines of Hughes. We contemplate. Yet, fail to act upon. We dream. Yet, dare to achieve. We aspire success. Yet, too afraid to lose. Then, with each new...

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  • Being a girl, from Nepal

    October 3, 2016 • WOMEN • Author:

    So someone told me I should write about other things that I deeply care about and the one thing I am really opinionated about is gender equality. And being a woman myself, people usually mistake my want for equality as feminism. To be honest I don’t really care what you call me as long as...

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  • Nepali women, solitude and bravery

    September 25, 2016 • WOMEN • Author:

    Being a woman and being alone are not congruent in Nepali culture. The dominant values that prevail are about the sacredness of women and our extremely high value that must be protected. Our value is contained in just one part of our identity; our sexuality. It is seen as a precious ornament we...

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  • श्रीमतीलाई ‘तँ’ देखि धोती धुने सम्मका कुरा

    September 19, 2016 • WOMEN • Author:

    “बाबु !” “हजुर !” “उः अहिले त हजुर भनी ।” “झुक्केर भनेको । भन्दैन कसैलाई हजुर सजुर ।” शितल दाहालको “स्वास्नीलाई तँ,...

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  • A mile, in my shoes

    August 3, 2016 • WOMEN • Author:

    I’m walking on a busy street. It’s mid-afternoon, in a great city, in a great country. What could go wrong? The weather is nice. The mood is solemn. What could go wrong? It’s busy and bustling. There isn’t an inch of concrete where someone isn’t driving or walking. So...

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  • One Day

    July 11, 2016 • WOMEN • Author:

    I returned from college on a public bus today, and sat on the window seat. On the way a man, probably 35 or more, got in the bus and sat beside me. I had put on my earphones and was listening to music. After a few minutes he started pushing me. I thought he felt …...

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  • Swimming Upstream

    June 19, 2016 • WOMEN • Author:

    I remember the drive vividly, we were on our way to the airport to drop off our late grandparents after their visit. They were talking about everyone they’d met and how hospitable everyone had been. One of them said, when referring to one family in particular, that they must be...

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  • The Uninvited

    June 13, 2016 • WOMEN • Author:

    Fifteen years of the same thing happening month after month. I should be better prepared for it by now, and yet it delights in surprising me whenever it can. Possibly every month, if it had its way. The thing that is called a period, and tries hard to insert a comma into life. Imagine this....

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