In Nepal, many families view the birth of a baby girl as an economic burden. To reduce sex-selective abortion, one city in Nepal is encouraging families to keep their daughters - and it’s paying them for having baby girls.
Two major political parties support granting amnesty to those guilty of crimes and atrocities during a decade-long conflict, and this plan is feared to mar the efforts of the two-year-old Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which has already been criticized as ineffective. Voices from several points of view convey the tensions surrounding the transitional justice process.
For the first time in Nepal’s history, a member of the historically oppressed Badi community has been elected to the country’s Parliament. Uma Devi Badi has made history – but others wonder whether she can make a change.
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.
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.
Rohingya refugees fleeing violent persecution in Myanmar have found safety in Nepal, but their situation is still dire. Many lack food, and they are receiving little support from the U.N. or Nepal’s government.
As the country navigates from a centuries-long monarchy to a representative democracy, thousands of women are being sworn in to their first elected posts. The 2015 constitution guarantees women will have a place in local government, but some say that sustainable change as a result is less assured.