Pasmai Tamang, a graduate of the 2019 Her Turn program, is determined to combat gender discrimination in her community and be a role model for positive social change. Growing up in the Sindhupalchowk district as the youngest daughter in a family with financial struggles, Pasmai experienced firsthand the negative effects of gender bias when her mother was unable to give birth to a son. However, when her mother did eventually have a son, the community began treating them differently.
Pasmai recognizes that early marriage and pregnancy, elopement, domestic violence, polygamy, polyandry, and gender inequality are all prevalent issues in her village. Through the Her Turn program, she gained leadership skills and a better understanding of menstruation. Pasmai is passionate about encouraging girls to participate in sports, as they are often excluded from school sports activities despite their interest. She believes “ girls in sports can make a significant difference in addressing issues such as child marriage, school dropout rates, domestic violence, polygamy, and polyandry.”
In 2019, Pasmai led a volleyball match at Shree Bhimsen Secondary School, encouraging her female peers to participate. She was thrilled to see boys and girls in the audience cheering for the players, demonstrating a newfound gender inclusivity. This experience made Pasmai feel more confident and empowered. During the COVID-19 lockdown, Pasmai and her community were grateful for the support of Hamro Palo, which provided sanitary napkins and helped address the challenges of drying period cloths during the monsoon season.
(Pasmai Tamang is a 2019 Her Turn program graduate)