WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN THE MOUNTAINS
Gender-based violence (GBV) against women is a serious problem in Nepal, where rural women are frequently victims of both public and domestic violence, including rape, sexual harassment at work and at home, and human trafficking.
HIGH VALUE AGRICULTURE
Unlike subsistence agriculture, high-value agriculture can contribute positively in improving gender relation and the family well-being. More specifically, the role of high-value agriculture is not only limited in retention of males from outmigration, but also have direct contribution in women empowerment. Through high-value agriculture, women can get better employment and income and could play significant role in household earning. Women have increased access to productive assets, contribution in decision making and participation in public sphere has created space for their role and recognition.
*Image: A cheerful woman working in a tea plantation in Illam, Eastern Nepal.
YEAH IT'S TRUE!
Witch-hunts in Nepal are common, and are targeted especially against low-caste women. The main causes of witchcraft related violence include widespread belief in superstition, lack of education, lack of public awareness, illiteracy, caste system, male domination, and economic dependency of women on men. The victims of this form of violence are often beaten, tortured, publicly humiliated, and murdered. Sometimes, the family members of the accused are also assaulted