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Gender discrimination in Nepal leads to illness

Gender discrimination in Nepal leads to illness

Amnesty International has concluded that widespread and systemic gender discrimination in Nepal has led to hundreds of thousands of women suffering from a reproductive health condition that leaves them in great pain, unable to carry out daily tasks and often ostracised from their families and communities.

The new report, ‘Unnecessary Burden: Gender Discrimination and Uterine Prolapse in Nepal’, unveiled Thursday in Kathmandu, stated that uterine prolapse — a debilitating condition where the uterus descends from its normal position into the vagina — is rooted in discrimination that has severely limited the ability of women and girls to make decisions about their sexual and reproductive lives.

Harsh working environments, early marriages and having too many children all contribute to the condition, Amnesty International said in its report, painting a very gloomy picture of the reproductive health conditions of Nepali women.

The report is based on extensive field research in Nepal, including interviews with women, girls and men, women’s rights activists, medical experts and government officials, the rights body claimed.

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