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It's A Rocky Road To Power For Rural Women

They don't make the headlines, like women in Hollywood and the corporate and political worlds who are fighting for equality. How can the world help them overcome harassment and discrimination?
Sarita Chaudry is a first-grade teacher but she does not lead a fully independent life. Source: Patrick Drown

From Hollywood and Bollywood to the media, NGO and corporate worlds, stories about harassment and discrimination against women in the workplace have captured global attention for months. And rightly so.

But what about the millions of rural women facing these injustices, who almost never make the headlines?

Development agencies have struggled to find ways to help rural women overcome obstacles in male-dominated societies and to gain an education, to own land, to take out loans, to earn a living and to gain equal rights in all arenas.

But what we've seen while conducting research in Western Nepal is that sometimes the best projects don't lead to the best results – that a woman's right to make decisions doesn't always

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