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

Sampada Sapkota
Posted March 27, 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 Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Jill Langhus
Mar 28
Mar 28

Hi Sampada,

Thanks again for sharing your informative, personal account of how the virus is affecting you and your country. Good luck with your submission!

Sampada Sapkota
Mar 28
Mar 28

Hi Jill,
Again thanks for encouraging me. Hoping for positive results!
Regards,
Sampada Sapkota

Anita Shrestha
Mar 29
Mar 29

Dear Sampada
Thank you for sharing this things. It is not Nepal only it will impact to world

Sampada Sapkota
Mar 29
Mar 29

Hi there,
Yeah, that's true. It is a really big challenge to world. And its even more troublesome to a country like Nepal if it appears as an outbreak.
Let's pray for this not to spread more!
Hope you and your family are safe!
Sending love from Kathmandu,
Sampada Sapkota

Chidimma
Mar 29
Mar 29

Hi Dear Sampada.
Thanks for sharing. You are very young and I see a great future in you. Keep up the awareness and I know you will come out a great woman in your community through your impact. Our prayer is that the virus will disappear soon. Stay strong for your community and lead by example.
One love.

Sampada Sapkota
Mar 30
Mar 30

Hi sister Chidimma,
Thank you so much for encouraging me. Yeah, I will keep raising my voice for women's welfare.
Let's pray together for this pandemic to end!
Hope you and your family are well!
With love,
Sampada Sapkota

Pranima Dahal
Mar 30
Mar 30

You are very talented one and I believe my friend that you will contribute society in many aspects..Always by yourside..

Sampada Sapkota
Mar 30
Mar 30

Hi Pranima,
Thanks for your encouragement. Hope I will do so!
Hope you and your family are safe and well!
With love,
Sampada

maeann
Apr 01
Apr 01

Sampada Hi :) Thank you for sharing your thoughts about women's situation after a lockdown. We all are hoping that after these things, all is well. We can only hope. We can only support each other. We can continue to give our words of encouragement.

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Sampada Sapkota
Apr 01
Apr 01

Hi sister maeann,
Thanks for your encouragement. I'll definitely be continue my journey as an encourager. Yes, in this time of suffering,we should keep supporting each other and stay storng.
Hope you and you family are doing well!
Regards,
Sampada