In Nepal there are clear gender roles and accompanying expectations about male and female behavior in social spaces. Based on these expectations and traditions there are key obstacles to local women’s opportunities to be active participants in social life. The creation of two community libraries in village Nepal in 1999 and 2001 has created opportunities for women’s involvement in community-based activities and programs. Through their involvement in library activities, women gain access to education, information and communication and the opportunity to learn about financial matters. This paper explores the impact that women’s involvement in the library has on their overall community participation. It also explores the potential of the library as a vehicle for important ‘grass-roots’ social change.
Martin, Kirsty and Adhikari, Sita
More than Books: A Study of Women’s Participation in Community Libraries in Rural Nepal.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 9(3), 241-255.
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