Negotiating Gender Justice, Contesting Discrimination: Mapping Strategies that Intersect Culture, Women and Human Rights

Publication Date: 
September, 2010
Mapping Strategies that Intersect Culture, Women and Human Rights


This report documents diverse strategies adopted by community groups in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Nepal to negotiate women’s rights in the context of culture, while grounding the strategies in the specific political - historic local and national contexts. It looks at secular strategies along with the more recent responses to fundamentalism, that use cultural identity and religious/ cultural resources. The report provides a rich account initiatives that promote culture as relational, transforming, plural and accommodating of women’s rights, and in doing so, challenges dominant static and fundamentalist assertions of culture. This documentation assumes significance in relation to human rights with the creation of the new mandate of the Independent Expert in the field of Cultural Rights in 2009, in that it gives content to the term cultural diversity and participation and contribution to cultural life, both integral part of Cultural Rights.  

Nepal school expels 29 girls based on outlawed “chhaupadi” custom

Publication Date: 
April 25, 2010
Naya Patrika / Vamban News
Nepal school girls (Photo Credit:Orizarska)

Nepal school expels 29 girls for 'being accursed'

Kathmandu: Less than a week after a religious leader in Iran said earthquakes were caused by women who were promiscuous and wore revealing clothes, a school in Nepal's west has expelled 29 girls for 'angering the gods' as they had begun to menstruate, a report said.

Nepal: Suicide Leading Cause of Death for Women 15-49


KATHMANDU, 21 January 2010 (IRIN) - Suicide has emerged as the single leading cause of death among women in Nepal aged 15-49, outranking other causes such as accidents and disease, according to a government study.

Nepal: Witch Tag Only on Dalits, Minorities

Nepal: Witch Tag only on Dalits, Minorities
By: Mallika Aryal

Nepal: Dalit Woman Accused as Witch - Severly Abused

Women's Feature Service

India - New Delhi

Nepal: Dalit Woman Accused as Witch - Severly Abused

By Renu Kshetry

NEPAL: Women tortured for being 'witches'

A large number of women are victims to the witch hunt practice in Nepal

Nepal: Women human rights defender murdered

National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRDs) requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Nepal. NAWHRDs is shocked and appalled about death of Ms. Laxmi Bohara, 28, a member of Women Human Rights Defender Network, Kanchanpur and a resident of Champapur, Ward No. 8, Daji Village Development Committee in Kanchanpur district. She was severely beaten and physically injured by her husband and mother-in-law and later died in the zone hospital.