Probable impacts on Socio-economic status of Nepalese woman after the ‘Lockdown’

Sampada Sapkota
Posted March 26, 2020 from Nepal

Nepal is a developing country. In this context, this outbreak of corona virus (COVID-19) infection as a global pandemic is a very great challenge to a country like Nepal. In order to prevent the spread of corona virus, our government has decided a lock down throughout the country. This lock down has already made a huge difference in the situation of Nepal. This has affected different types of woman differently.

In Nepal, most of the families have moved from villages to the capital city for better opportunities of job, education, and other urban facilities. And now, after the global outbreak of this virus, some families have again moved back to the village. In our society, generally woman is the one who does all kinds of household works in the home and there is very less involvement of male members. So, after the families move to the village, there are relatively more members to take care of. So, a woman has to take care of more people like mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and other members of in-laws including her husband and children. So, her responsibilities overload, and this might make her feel kind of dominated.

Whereas some families are still living in the city areas. In the city too, there are mostly, two types of families: one where both spouses are working and make a good income. In this family, since both are locked now, we can expect that, husbands help their wives with the household works. But in the other family type, where husband is working and wife is housewife, we don’t expect the husbands to help their wives because doing the household works is considered as routine work of wives. In this type of family, usually the wife is uneducated or less educated. So, husbands are dominant, and, in some cases, they involve in violent activities like: sexual harassment, domestic violence, etc. And this might increase with this lock down because, the husband develops kind of mental stress because of the outbreak or because of being limited within home and might get it off to his wife.

So, we can say that, in case of married woman, based on their type of family, some wives might be dominated, some might be encouraged, and some might be even harassed. But in case of unmarried girls, we can expect that, no distinct changes are seen because they are under the cover of their mothers. This can make a big impact on their social status.

On the other hand, the offices have been closed. So, for working woman, it’s a bit difficult because they have lost their income for this time and this can lead to the loss of confidence, too and might make the male members more dominant. So, they might get both socially and economically weak.

Moreover, if this lock down continues for a long time, the country might be in a great trouble. The production and export of things has stopped at this time, yet, the mouths to be fed are still the same. So, there might be the cases of hunger or poverty, too. If this happens, the socio-economic status of women might drop rapidly. But simultaneously, the production has to be increased to a very great extent. So, maybe even female members of the family get out of their houses and get involved in works which unconsciously might lead to boost their social and economic status as they become aware.

Hence, this global outbreak can make a very big and unpredictable change in the status of women not only in Nepal but also in a global scale. So, women should be aware of this and stay confident about themselves. Hope this pandemic stops very soon!

This story was submitted in response to Supporting Our Girls.

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Sinyuy Geraldine
Mar 26
Mar 26

I agree with you dear Sampada. We need to pray fro women and for the pandemic to end.

Sampada Sapkota
Mar 26
Mar 26

Hi Sinyuy,
Yeah, this pandemic has become a very big issue for woman and the entire world,too. So, let's pray together!!

Elizabeth Ziro
Mar 26
Mar 26

Hallo Sampada, the pandemic is really affecting everything globally. Let's hope it ends soon. Keep safe

Sampada Sapkota
Mar 26
Mar 26

Hello Elizabeth,
Yes, that's so true. Yeah, Let's stay positive and you too, stay safe.

Satya Timilsina
Mar 26
Mar 26

Well said,Sampada. This pandemic is a really big threat to our country and the entire world.

Sampada Sapkota
Mar 26
Mar 26

Hi, yeah, it is and stay safe!

Jill Langhus
Mar 27
Mar 27

Hi Sampada,

Congrats on your first story! I'm glad you are speaking up about how the virus is affecting you and your countryfolk. I'm looking forward to seeing more posts from you and learning more about you and what you're passionate about.

You may want to submit this story for the current story call:
https://www.worldpulse.com/raise-your-voice/dispatches-covid-19-pandemic...

Hope you and your family stay safe and well.

XX

Sampada Sapkota
Mar 27
Mar 27

Hi Jill,
Thnaks a lot for encouraging me. I will continue this journey. And yes, I will definitely submit this story for the call. Again, thanks for encouraging me.
You and your family, too stay safe!
Let's pray together for the pandemic to stop very soon!
Sending love from Nepal,
Sampada Sapkota

Jill Langhus
Mar 28
Mar 28

Hi Sampada,

You're very welcome, dear!

Great to hear:-) Good luck on your submission.

Thanks!

XX

wordjourneys
Mar 27
Mar 27

I appreciate your essay about women's roles and hope that you continue to explore ways that each woman and girl can make a difference in these trying times. In our town agricultural activity is still considered "essential" and allowed. Also education, but it must be "virtual" online. Keep writing your truth!

Sampada Sapkota
Mar 27
Mar 27

Hi wordjourneys,
Thanks a lot for motivating me. I'll definitely continue to write. And if we unite, we can definitely make a difference.
For now, Stay safe!
Regards,
Sampada Sapkota

kennedy braden
Mar 27
Mar 27

Yes the strength is in our sisterhood support and communication. Keeping this going so we stand together! Heartwave

Sampada Sapkota
Mar 27
Mar 27

Hi Kennedy,
Yes, absolutely. Our sisterhood can bring a difference.
Stay safe!
With love,
Sampada Sapkota

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 27
Mar 27

Dear Sampada,
One of the things we need at this moment is to hear from each other about the details of what everyone is going through in each of our areas, and especially the extra stresses and dangers that we as women are going through. Your story has so much important information. As we gather virtually to press governments to pay attention to and serve first those who have the most difficulties, we are wiser and able to be more inclusive having information like this. There has never been a time that we have had such connection with each other. Your voice is powerful. A big congrats on your first story.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Sampada Sapkota
Mar 27
Mar 27

Hello Tam,
Thanks a lot for your encouragement. Yes, we should be aware of these issues and stay updated. Again, thank you so much.
You and your family, stay safe!
Regards,
Sampada Sapkota

Chinyere Kalu
Mar 30
Mar 30

I hope and pray it stops very soon.
Covid -19 will leave the woman race either stronger or weaker.The choice is ours.Thanks for the story.

Sampada Sapkota
Mar 30
Mar 30

Hi Chinyere,
Yeah, it's our time to stay strong and believe in ourselves. Thanks for your encouragement.
Let's pray together!!
With love,
Sampada