Yes, she did find our web page useful and interesting. Here's what Sushma said in reply to my query:
"Nepal is a backwater when it comes to feminist even female publications. I know of three published women authors in the entire country; Parijat our one and only woman author, or so it seems like; a recent book written by a woman who was in jail and Mustang Bhot in Fragments by Manjushree Thapa." Sushma also told me about Asmita, the only women's magazine in the country, published in Nepali. I remembered reading about Anju Chetri and Susan Maskey, the two women from Nepal who bring out Asmita. But Sushma didn't have their contact details and I had to wait a a little longer. Until I came across an email query by Misbah from Kathmandu on our mailing list. Misbah was able to put me in touch with Anju and Susan of Asmita. You could find Asmita on our page on feminist publishing in Asia where we have details of Kali for Women, Narigrantha Prabartana, ASR, Simorgh and many others.
There are also some NGOs in Nepal who have been working on women's issues for many years and have been bringing out relevant publications too. The centre we have been able to get in touch with is CWD.
The Centre for Women and Development was established in 1983 by a group of professional Nepali women. CWD is an expression of their commitment to enable women to participate as full partners in the development of Nepal. They believe that women must be integrated into Nepal's development process for deep seated and meaningful change to occur, and fundamental shifts in assumptions, values and beliefs regarding women and their society to happen.
CWD conducts research projects and studies related to women's issues. Their studies include:
CWD also conducts various training programmes for women in the areas of communication, literacy and many other income generating activities. CWD can be contacted at:
PO Box 8205