NepaliTravellers strongly condemns recent introduction of a government rule requiring women under 40 years of age to produce ward authorization and family consent for any travel abroad. This proposed rule is a legal violation of individual constitutional rights and is a blatant discrimination towards women that unfortunately reflects the deep-rooted misogyny prevalent in Nepali society.
Band-aid solutions, like the proposed rule, demonstrate inability of the Nepali authorities in understanding how organized crimes - including human trafficking - prey upon vulnerable individuals. Requiring approval from husbands or families (read as male relatives) - and authorization from ward officials - is condescending to women and disregards both their capacity and ability to make decisions regarding safety and travel.
NepaliTravellers and Hostel Nextdoor, with a team of 5 members left from Kathmandu on January 7 to Hapani, an up north village of Chitwan district, Icchyakamana VDC, Ward no. 2 to distribute 71 sacks full of warm clothes. The collection and sorting done over a period of 2 weeks was for the Chepang community residing in Hapani, 2, Icchyakamana, Chitwan.
We were elated to have 4 volunteers join us from SVSI - Sapana Village Social Impact. We are grateful to Mr. Pancha Chepang, Ward Chair of Ichhyakamana, 2 for supporting us logistically on the ground and would like to thank the local residents for being our added support system to bring this year's Winter Clothing Drive to a conclusion.
A beautiful family of Mr. Tek Bahadur Chepang hosted us at Hapani and we truly enjoyed and cherish the moments spent with them.
Below are some of the images we managed to gather as we left for the Clothing Drive. We promise to keep you updated and share with you our experiences on the ground in the coming days.
We are truly grateful that we got an opportunity to start 2021 with so much warmth that ALL OF YOU shared with us. Thank you to each one of you who joined hands with us! =)
Much gratitude to everyone who’ve been part of the Winter Clothing Drive. We’ve managed to collect 65 sacks full of warm clothes (Jackets, sweaters, warm hats, trousers, and others). Also, we are grateful that we received Rs. 93,575 cash donation from a lot of people all around the globe (will make a separate post thanking them 😁)
Our team will leave on 7th January 2021 to the village and start the distribution on 8th jan.
Please tag yourself (super heroes) in this post cuz you know who you are right? 😎