High in the Himalayas, workers descend on Nepal’s Mustang region to help build a road that will connect to China. The project will make transport between the two countries easier, and it’s already begun to change the face of the region.
New subsidies and tax waivers for women entrepreneurs aim to level the playing field for women-owned businesses. Policymakers hope the waivers will boost the nation’s economy while women entrepreneurs see potential benefits closer to home.
Nepal relies heavily on remittances sent from workers abroad and nearly a fifth of Nepal’s expatriate workers live in Qatar. Ongoing diplomatic tension in the Persian Gulf has led to a travel ban between Qatar and four countries in the region, and Nepalese workers wait with uncertainty as the ban begins to affect travel costs and working conditions.
Cybercrimes, especially those that seek to humiliate or shame women, are on the rise in Nepal. Internet connectivity rates throughout the country are skyrocketing but people seeking justice for such crimes must travel to Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, to file a complaint.
After a recent incident in which a group of Nepali women were turned back at a Dubai transportation hub on trafficking concerns, Nepal’s government is considering further restrictions on women traveling to foreign countries for work. Offers of jobs as housemaids can seem irresistible, but job-seekers may end up exploited or abused, anti-trafficking activists warn.
Nepal’s new insurance requirement for migrant workers guarantees a payout in the event of serious injury, illness or death abroad, but some advocates worry that the policy doesn’t have workers’ best interests at heart.