WHY SO MANY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN
AND WHY THE GENDER INEQUALITY?
GIRLS ARE TREATED AS A COMMODITY
The demographics of the people we help
Population: approximately 30 million
Ithe World’s Human Development Index 154th
25% of nation in poverty
Approximately: 2,400 million handicapped individuals
Only 5% of which have access to education
90% live in rural areas
In Nepal women are wholly responsible for their children’s
health Due to their abject poverty, many women take hours
to a give birth, either alone or with the help of a non qualified person. This creates numerous
problems and can lead to dramatic repercussions on the children's health negative effects on
the child's brain and later in their childhood school and future. Hazardous births can lead to
hip-swaying baud feet and other abnormalities. The families will often have no means of facing the huge medical expenses and many government schools do often not accept handicapped children, believing they may ruin their reputation.
Due to this strain, from the age of 25 onwards, one woman in ten
suffers from uterine prolapsus which affects their reproductive
system. The numerous and continuous pregnancies while doing
hard work are the cause of such unbearable conditions.Husbands
force their wives to repeatedly have sexual Intercourse, during
pregnancy as well as immediately after childbirth. Domestic
violence is a real problem. Women, with their worn-out bodies
endure constant pain.
Girls carry heavy jars filled with polluted water
Even while pregnant, women and young girls are the only ones to carry water in heavy jars from the stream and heavy loads of wood and straw for the cattle. into the village.
As all the cooking is done on the bare
floor small children are easily subject to severe burns
So as to generate more income, women help men who work in construction in the fields participating in cutting stones building walls and working as hard as men if not more as they alone carry large work-baskets filled with bricks, sand, cement and stones on their backs. They are never able to rest and to recuperate hence after all t heir efforts they feel it hard to carry heavy loads and make certain movements such as as sitting on the floor in squatting position while cooking .
Men fill the baskets and women carry.. Mare-Jose told women to fill the baskets for men to carry.With a big smile women
did so but upon their arrival on the spot, they threw the baket on the floor so as to brake the tiles and impose their will.
With heavy baskets filled, with cement bricks and stones
Difficulty in sitting
Women, whether pregnant or not often don’t have enough to eat. Men help themselves first, then come the children, (boys first) while mothers and grandmothers have to be content with the left overs.
Children do not have easy lives either. The under 5 mortality rate in Nepal is 34.50 per 1,000 live births. Children start working at a very early age. In many rural communities, young girls dig the fields while young boys carry their brothers and sisters on their backs and do all kinds of different tasks instead of gaining a school education. In the world 130 million girls are out of school.
GIRLS ARE TREATED AS A COMMODITY
Girls, without a handicap, are treated as a commodity. Their future is in the hands of adults who decide how much they should be sold for to an older wealthy man or to a brothel, in India, that may pay more.
In Nepal 41% of girls are married to older men, before they turn 18 and 10% before they are 15. Often they get married at the young age of 8, which is supposed to be beneficial,
Pregnancies succeed on these fragile and developing bodies. When under 15, they are 5 times more likely to die when giving birth than young women of 20.
Santoshee struggling under the weight of the bricks
Aged 14, back from a school day, was told she would have to leave school to be married a couple of hours later.So as not to run away, the parents locked her up. A man in his 40 forties picked her up. Upon entering into her new home, with incredible violence. Upon entering into her new home, with incredible violence she was forced to sexual intercourse. She fought but he tied her arms and beat her. She never forgot the he horrible suffering she had to undergo. Since then she constantly fears the night. She feels like a household object used for sex, procreating, and what ever is related to domestic work. There is never a friendly word from her husband or the in-laws she fears. Such behaviour being common, a child bride often thinks it is justified if men hit and beat their wives. This ancestral tradition of child marriage is still followed by the majority of the population of developing countries.
UNICEF estimates that 700 million women alive today, roughly 10% of the world’s population, were married before they were 18 and more than 1 in 3 , (about 20 million) were married before the age of 15 over the past 30 years. Up to 280 million girls alive today are at risk of becoming child brides. This number will increase to 320 million by 2050 without further intervention to put an end to it.
The World leading countries are Nigeria, Nepal and Lybia
This is why we concentrate our efforts on empowering young women.