WHY SO MANY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN

AND WHY THE GENDER INEQUALITY?

GIRLS ARE TREATED AS A COMMODITY

 

The demographics of the people we help

  Nepal

 

  • 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.

Washing bricks

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

Santoshee's story

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

Santoshee's story

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.

 

 

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