Women in rural areas can face 20-hour journeys on foot to give birth in a hospital. Nepal has ambitious plans to fight maternal mortality and bring facilities to underserved areas – but the reality looks much tougher.
As Nepalese youth migrate to the capital or abroad in search of opportunity, the country’s small farmers are left without labor – and their fields often go to waste. Now, by requiring emigrants to find farmworkers before going abroad, a proposed law seeks to put farms first.
A new law in Nepal would recognize children born out of wedlock by considering their parents married – even if they’re not. Women’s rights activists have championed the change, but many questions remain about how the law would work.