While Nepal has made important steps towards gender equality, Nepal’s patriarchal culture continues to value boys over girls. Girls are often seen as a economic burden on their families, less likely to be educated than their brothers and more likely to be married before 18 years of age.
Cultural practices, such as Chappaudi, where girls, seen as unclean, are isolated from the home during menstruation, further entrench women’s status as second-class.
If you are born a girl in Nepal, you are more likely, compared to your male counterpart, to have a lower literacy rate, greater chance of domestic and sexual violence, greater burden of household work and family care, greater exclusion from decision-making and less opportunity to earn income or own property.
The systematic discrimination of women and girls is a global human rights issue. We know that women and girls are the future. When we invest in women and girls, in their education, their health, their voice and their futures, their families and communities thrive.
Project Didi Australia is committed to restoring hope, dignity and independence to women and girls in Nepal exposed to trafficking and abuse, through trauma-informed care, family strengthening and reintegration, education and pathways to employment.
Project Didi Australia is a partner for Project J1082N Futures of Dignity and Opportunity with Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993). For more information please visit GDG projects: www.gdg.org.au.