Feminism in Nepal

Feminism in Nepal is primarily concerned with equity and equality of opportunity. Nepali society is traditionally highly patriarchal — it was not until 2007 that women under 35 could apply for passports without their father's or husband's permission. Feminists in Nepal seek to redress this situation. Most women in Nepal are considered to be beneath their husbands and fathers in a patriarchal society.

Much like western world women in the past, in Nepal, women are treated poorly in every aspect of their society, whether it is social, political, or economic; they have been avoided or mistreated.

Statistics from Violence Against Women,[1] a website dedicated to raising awareness as well as finding solutions to present day issues, highlight these inequalities:

Women who made a difference for Nepal

One of the few women who have made a great impact on Nepal's feminist movement is Simon de Beauvoir, with her book The Second Sex. Such strong-willed writing helped remind most Nepali women of their rights as citizens.[2]


The first feminist organization in Nepal was the Nepal Woman Association, which was started under the leadership of Mangala Devi Singh.

In August 2009, there was a protest in Kathmandu, in response to the government's decision to give $650 cash to single Nepali women in exchange for getting married. They called this march the "government sponsored dowry".[3]




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