In Nepal, sex work is common among women of the Badi community, locally considered a sub-caste. Government aid to provide other job prospects for Badi sex workers has declined, forcing many to remain in the trade as they say it affords them a decent income.
The court system in Sri Lanka is overwhelmed by a backlog of nearly 28,000 cases for the country’s 85 judges. Some criminal and civil cases, however, can be resolved through community mediation boards, a system staffed by volunteers who heard more than 220,000 cases in 2016. This is the story of two women who brought their disputes to mediation, as well as a look inside a school classroom where mediation takes place.
In villages in some sections of Nepal, tradition dictated that engagements began with the prospective groom capturing the prospective bride and convincing her to say yes to marriage. But now young people are saying no to the old rules because of better education, awareness and seeing other options from television.
A Nepalese migrant worker is nearly comatose after being injured in Qatar. He received good treatment there, but now that he’s home in Nepal, his body is deteriorating and his family wonders how they’ll pay for his ongoing treatment.
Of the millions of Nepalese who head abroad for work, many find jobs through employment agencies that charge illegal fees and leave the migrant workers effectively in indentured servitude. But those exploited workers finally have the chance to face off against the employment agencies that sent them abroad, thanks to a mediation program launched this year by Nepal’s Department of Foreign Employment.