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Feminism in Nepal is primarily concerned with equity and equality of opportunity. Nepali society is traditionally patriarchal. Feminists in Nepal seek to address this situation. Most women in Nepal are placed below to their husbands and fathers in a social hierarchy.
In the past, Nepalese women were treated poorly in every aspect of Nepalese society: social, political, or economic.
Statistics from Violence Against Women, highlights these inequalities:
The first feminist organization in Nepal was the Nepal Woman Association, which was started under the leadership of Mangala Devi Singh.
Before 2007, women under 35 could not apply for passports without their father's or husband's permission.
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".
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.
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