A Film Helps Save Women from Violence Abroad

BECAUSE WE ARE WOMEN, OUR NARROW-MINDED SOCIETY  ALWAYS  DISCREDITS US SINCE WE CANNOT GET JOBS.

SunMaya Ghale sponsored by Hank and Louise Rose of North Carolina 2013

Kalpana Gurung and Sunmaya Ghale

We are young women from an indigenous ethnic group in Nepal. Our culture believes that literacy is ideally suited for girls because we are dependent upon each other. While working full-time with household activities, we passed a School Leaving Certificate Exam from the village school.

However, the narrow-minded traditional society in Nepal always discredits us since we cannot get jobs because we are women. We have a common fear that society will prevent other school-age girls from pursuing education if we remain jobless. This lack of employment and the fear of failure compel us to strongly consider going abroad for employment.

Fortunately, the Journey Home Foundation showed us a documentary that revealed the scope of violence against women that is common in Gulf countries. The Foundation also launched an awareness program in our village. This awareness program became an important lesson in our lives. We became knowledgeable of the inhumane treatment of women in other countres, and consequently decided not to go abroad for work.

Kalpana Gurung and Sunmaya Ghale