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Nepali women celebrate International Women’s Day in Boston

March 15, 2013
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Nepali women living in Boston celebrated the 102nd International Women’s Day on March 9, 2013. The event was organized in the joint effort of NWGN (Nepali Global Women’s Network) and Nepali Mahila Awaz, USA. While the event celebrated womanhood, it also highlighted some of the issues and challenges Nepali women living in America face, specifically, domestic violence. Various speakers on the occasion pressed for the need for community awareness on domestic violence and encouraged women to fight the stigma attached to speaking up about it, or reporting it....

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Let’s talk about Vaginal Discharge

November 10, 2012
Let’s talk about Vaginal Discharge

Every woman experiences vaginal discharge on a daily basis after reaching puberty, but how much do we really know about it? Most of us probably do not consider it important enough to spend our thoughts on it, while others may simply feel uncomfortable with dwelling on ‘unmentionable down there’. However, experts say that it is important for women to pay a closer attention to their vaginal discharge, as it may be indication of an infection or even other underlying problems. Many thanks to Dr Kopila Rai for compiling...

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Walk for Nepal

October 19, 2012
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If you missed out on recent Walk for Nepal event held in Boston, and curious to be a part of similar events, you still have a chance. This year two more cities are holding their own walks; Dallas will be hosting a walk on 20 October and New York on 3 November. Even if you do not live near one of these cities, you can still lend your support by either sponsoring a walker or making a donation directly to an organization of your choice through Walk for...

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Come out and walk for Nepal

September 9, 2012
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Be a part of change by walking for a cause of your choice this September 22 in Boston, MA and in two other major US cities this fall. A three and half miles walk through the Carson Beach area, the walkathon in Boston will start at 11:00 am and end with  food, music and entertainment, starting at 12:30 pm. Through its unique funding model, Walk for Nepal provides a platform for multiple  NGOs like Empower Dalit Women of Nepal, Friends of Maiti Nepal, Ama ko Ghar, Nayaya Health, Help...

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Teej: to fast or not to fast

September 9, 2012
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Teej is upon us once again. A Hindu festival, its origin dates back to union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.  The story goes that Goddess Parvati fasted and prayed for many births and rebirths to have Lord Shiva as her spouse, and seeing her devotion to him, Lord Shiva eventually accepted her as his wife.  Thus, today Teej is celebrated by Hindu women to commemorate their union and to pray for similar marital bliss in their lives. The festival in recent years has gotten much wrath from...

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Stats show Nepali women still have long way to go

June 17, 2012
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Nepali women have made a lot of progress in many areas in the last two decades but these statistics show we still have a long way to go. While menstruating some women still live in animal shed* Considered too dirty and impure to stay in the house, during menstruation 11.9% of women live in animal shed 19% of women live in a different house during menstruation 46.2% of women live in a different room of the same house  This practice is more prevalent in Mid-western mountainous region of...

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8 interesting facts about rice

June 17, 2012
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1. Rice makes the world go around. According to International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) half of world’s population, three and half billion people depend on rice. China is the leading rice producer in the world. 2. Too many rice in supermarket? Think again. There are more than 40,000 different varieties of rice. Of the 40,000 varieties, more than 100 are grown worldwide, but only around 10 percent are marketed and sold. 3. Wondered why rice grains are thrown during puja? Rice in many cultures including ours symbolizes prosperity...

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Studies say 80 percent or more of Southeast Asians are Lactose Intolerant

June 11, 2012
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Have you ever noticed feeling gassy, bloated or even had a diarrhea after drinking milky chiya or eating a bowl of cereal with milk? Consider this, you maybe lactose intolerant i.e. your body doesn’t produce enough lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose, sugar found in milk. Without lactase, lactose passes through the stomach undigested and reaches the large intestine, where bacteria try to metabolize it, causing fermentation and gas by-products that leave people feeling gassy. It also prevents colon from reabsorbing water, causing laxative effect, thus the...

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Women think it’s okay for their mother-in law or husband to beat them

June 3, 2012
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According to Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2010 in mid and far western region, Nepal… 62% of women believe her mother-in-law is justified in verbally abusing or beating her… if she goes out of the house without telling her, neglects the children, argues with her, doesn’t obey her orders, doesn’t bring dowry, doesn’t finish house work on time. 48% of women believe her husband has the right to beat her… if she spoils food while cooking, refuses sex, neglects children or argues. The survey was based on interviews with...

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Suicide #1 cause of death among Nepali women

May 28, 2012
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According to the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Study 2008/2009 conducted by Family Health Division (FHD) of the Department of Health Services, suicide is the number one cause of death among Nepali women of reproductive age, 15-49. Suicide at 16% surpasses other causes such as accidents, disease, pregnancy and childbirth. This is an increase from 1998, when it was ranked third (10%). Notably, 21% of suicides were by women 18 and under. What is driving our women to take such desperate measures? The data indicates that mental health problems,...

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8 interesting facts about rice

8 interesting facts about rice