Message -Screening Rights Festival’
Namaste and Greetings from Nepal !
Thank you for joining this `screening rights festival’.
My sincere apology for not able to be there due to unavoidable circumstances.
Everyone talking about right, women’s right by saying, by words in papers. Do you believe that these women are enjoying there right? These women are living their only 36 years where as national average of life expectancy is 65 years and 81 years in Kathmandu. Donors are spending so much $$ at the name of peace, participation and empowerment of women and for women. With living 60 days in cowshed in a year by following so many restriction in eating, dressed up, mobility, do women bring their individual and collective agency to enjoy their rights.
Donors are also blind folded; they merely challenged themselves whether they are investing in underlying causes disempowerment at rural areas or not.
Do you imagine how do women are following all restrictions under tarpaulin after earthquake? The magnitude of menstrual restriction is varying though it is practicing across the world where Nepali are living including here in London. I have evidences.
Is having period curse ? Do you think these Women considered less than animal? How do they live in cowshed during 7 months long winter with 3 fit snowing and without any alternatives for cold. They were raped, beaten, sexually harassed, killed, bitten by snake and wild animal etc. Who is calculating the cost of staying cowshed? Thus, I urged, I appealed for critically think for paradigm shift on rural women empowerment in Nepal.
I have many stories to share though like to conclude by challenging you, what would happen if you were born over there as `Chhapadi’ women?
Thank you so much for watching. Congratulations Elena, her team and women who are suffering from same. I encourage to visit website; www.actionworksnepal.org and I am available at facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org, stay on touch.
Have a good day
Founder President of Action Works Nepal
Author, Khalangama Hamala 2014
Social Worker 2013
Women Peace Maker 2012
N-Peace Award 2012