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Child marriage is still prevalent in many Nepali Dalit families

At age 33, Rami Biswokarma has been married for 20 years. Her village of Kateghari in Nepal’s western Surkhet District has seen multiple campaigns against child marriage, but she says little has changed.


The welfare of 117 young Tharu girls at the government’s Lawajuni Girls’ Hostel in the remote Narti village of Dang District, nearly 600km southwest of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, is the responsibility of hostel warden Brija Chaudhary, 25.

They are all former ‘Kamalaris’, rescued from the system of bonded labour still applied in many middle- and high-class households.


You are businesswomen!” Dr. Selvamalar Ayadurai proclaimed with a powerful voice and strong gestures to the 17 women who gathered in RUWON Nepal's office....

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Nepalese women are increasingly working abroad, which is changing family dynamics. An estimated 2.5 million Nepalese women work abroad.

Although some champion the evolution of gender roles as men take on domestic duties, some social workers say the absence of mothers negatively affects children.


RUWON Nepal received support from Stella Star to establish a home for vulnerable girls.

After a visit to Nepal by key members of Stella Star, it was obvious there was a need for a home for girls would otherwise be vulnerable to traffickers and other forms of abuse.

Domestic workers Manisha and Asmita cherish their time at school each day.

In exchange for school fees, girls from rural areas in Nepal say they suffer abuse while working as domestic laborers.


The children were very excited and had built up their inner capacity by expressing their thoughts.

Children did not hesitate to talk and share their feelings, which has helped them to be good leaders. Within the project we did many activities which have lead the children to be positive and more creative.


Emily Wassel interviews Dhruba Prasad Ghimre of RUWON Nepal:

"The main problem is the attitude that women are only materials to decorate the house with, and they can't be outside of the house, in society...."

Farmer in western Nepal's Salyan District who was working on a rural road project in a government-funded employment programme | Photo: Phuong Tran/IRIN

Most of Nepal’s agriculture is undertaken by women, but research tailored to their needs is lacking.


Widows in Nepal are ostracised from society, and abused financially and psychologically by the communities they live in...

Kathmandu Night Life

Almost unnoticed, Nepal’s burgeoning adult entertainment industry has been drawing young girls away from being trafficked across the border to  India’s big cities.

Rights activists are worried that the issue of internal trafficking has not received the kind of legislative attention that resulted in laws, passed in 2007

 Girls education is already a challenge in Nepal | Photo: Kate Holt/IRIN

Thousands of Nepali girls leave school every year to get married, missing out on their education, the government says.

Parents are often unaware of the impact that trying to save the money spent on education can have on the future of their daughter.