Women in Nepal
43% of Nepalese women are illiterate for 2 reasons:
There is a strong preference for males in a family because they will ultimately be responsible for caring for the parents. Women traditionally did not work and their education was deemed less important.
Poor parents must decide whether to invest their meager earnings in the education of either their son or daughter. Most have invested in their son.
Thankfully this is changing and now the vast majority of children go to school and the women's literacy rate has gone from under 10% in the 1980's to 57% now. With some luck and organizations like ours, mass illiteracy will soon be a thing of the past.
Nepal is blessed with some of the most extraordinary natural beauty as well as ancient cities that reflect both the age and sophistication of the culture. It is the birthplace of one of the world’s great religions, Buddhism, and some of the finest architectural designs, including 600 year old pagodas.
Behind the beauty is immense poverty. Nepal is among the least developed countries in the world with almost one third of its population living below the poverty line. Security concerns relating to the armed conflict as well as government instability in general have had an enormous negative impact on many aspects of life.