Nepalis on average are a closed and inward looking people. And because of that, when a mirror is held in front of them, offended, disappointed, or not liking what is reflected back, they generally shatter the mirror. In this blog post, I document one such example from Twitter.
As a child, growing up in Nepal, my ethnicity was a source of shame. Now, as a middle-aged man, I am embarrassed and ashamed by the way us, Nepali men, view and treat our women.
Nepali society struggles to make social progress for a number of different reasons. One of the reasons is that we have a number of social stigmas and many subjects and issues are taboo. In other words, most Nepalis live in denial of many issues plaguing the society. Here are a number of those stigmas and taboo subjects.
The first step to addressing them is to admit to the fact that they are issues. Then we can have honest conversations and discourses about them and find solutions for them.
Men using their positions of power to thwart women's drive and squash their potential by focusing on her body is a form of violence. This is the story of a young, driven, and talented woman who was a victim of just that!
When we raise and educate children using violence, of course, they grow up to be violent, especially the boys. No wonder, domestic violence is such a major issue in the country. We have to do a number of things to curve that. One of them is to eliminate the use of violence against children, whether at home or at school. We should instead raise and educate them compassionately and by engaging with them in a healthy and developmentally appropriate manner etc.
16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign started a few days ago. A campaign that started in 1991 aims to raise awareness about the subject and to spur people into action to end violence against women and girls.