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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Courage and self-confidence are the only way to take on different challenges.



Indira Ranamagar, a ray of hope for thousands of children and mother of numerous children, says that she has become the mother of forerunner of the future by overcoming various challenges due to her self-confidence, courage and grace.

Indira Ranamagar with participants


During her visit to the United States, Ranamagar, President of Prisoners Assistant Nepal ( PA)  made the remarks while answering various queries of the participants. The program was organized by the Federation of Indigenous Peoples of Nepal in America (FIPNA). Ranamagar has been a mother of thousands of children who have been imprisoned for various reasons for over three decades and has been a wonderful mother for their bright future. 


Speaking on the occasion, Rana Magar said that she has been subjected to various forms of discrimination since childhood due to her being a woman. Influenced by the writer Parijat, she has started to serve the people in prison. She shared the bitter truth that her marital relationship ended because she supported helpless children without parents. While walking out with Parijat, she could not see the painful condition of the inmates and started supporting them unconditionally by giving them bath and cutting their nails. Ranamagar, who has been running 12 children home, two schools and four daycares  since then, has been rewarded with various international awards.

She says, with the intent of her heart, she has received support from various donors for her project. She also explained her dissatisfaction with the ruling government of Nepal. She believes that leadership is possible only through love, affection, and respect for each other. She says, "Mother is the great leader of this world because only the mother’s love is selfless”.

In the program, Bishnu Maya Parivar, a social activist, shared her heartbreaking and emotional experience since she has visited her children home in person. During that time the founder and VP of the Federation of Indigenous Women of Nepal in America (FIWNA) Indira Chongbang, President of Jirel Society America and former CA member Shanti Jirel, President of Tamang Society of America Chhemang Tamang, Social Entrepreneur Keshav Ram Rai, Deepak Chaudhary from Tharu and Friends Society and other organizations participants and individuals  were present on the occasion. Each of them respectfully made their own inquiries as well as expressed their respect and gratitude towards her humanity.


The event was hosted by FIPNA’s general secretary Toma Lama. The speaker of the FIPNA, Subarna Shakya committed to work with Ranamanger on comings days and also wished her success on her days to come. Rajkumar Bista, the president of FIPNA appreciated for her challenging work during the COVD time and requested all the organizations to support the organization of Nepal who belongs to a real hero like Ranamagar. Bista also expressed his commitment to work together in the days to come and thanked all the participants before concluding the event formally.



Sunday, May 1, 2022

FIWNA meets with UN delegates


The Federation of Indigenous Women of Nepal in America (FIWNA) has held a discussion program with the representatives of various organizations from Nepal and other countries at the 21st meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues (UNPFII
FIWNA with UN delegates

Speaking on the occasion, Yasokanti Bhattachan, Advisor of the National Indigenous Women’s Federation (NIWF) and indigenous women activist, complained that indigenous women are being discriminated against all over the world as they are indigenous, women and indigenous women. She insisted. "Indigenous women need economic, social and political justice, for which collective efforts are always effective. Facing every challenge in the struggle, one should be optimistic for a brighter future for tomorrow,” she said. She also suggested that women should never give up any challenge to make the struggle into a reality.

 Phoolman Chaudhary, vice-chairman of the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), a United Nations agency on indigenous issues, said he was "delighted" to have Nepali Indigenous women organized in such a busy place as the United States. " Please pay attention to the technical issues as well, I will always be able to help,” said Chaudhary.


 Indira Chongbang, Founder, and current Acting President of FIWNA provided information on the activities of the organization since its inception. "Indigenous women want to preserve their identity and existence in the United States as well, and FIWNA's main goal is to unite all Indigenous women who have immigrated from Nepal under one umbrella. As the rights of all women are indispensable for an egalitarian society. FIWNA is also trying to join hands with various international organizations to address the common issues,” she said. She also said that she would work hand in hand with various organizations to address the plight of immigrant women. 


 Speaking on the occasion, Chinimaya Majhi, President of the National Indigenous Women’s Federation (NIWF) also praised Fivana's activities and suggested that not only Nepali Indigenous women in the United States but also Indigenous women around the world should unite and move forward together. Majhi also provided information about the various programs being conducted by NIWF. 


 Former Guatemalan minister and indigenous women activist Olilia Dicoti also said that there are many similarities between the cultures of indigenous women in Nepal and Guatemala. She has been involved in women's rights for more than a decade and is also the first member of UNPFII. Dicoti, who considers equality to be the norm, described FIWNA’s honor ( Khada) as a spiritual gift. Discussions were held among  UNPFII Delegates; Rajesh Rai, Founder and Advocate of  LAHURNIP, Igdolia Rojas, representative of MADRE, Project Partner of NIWF, Ellen Dictaan representative of TEBTEBBA  from Philippines, Kamala Thapa Magar, representative of CIPRED Nepal, Ritu Thapa Magar, representative of INWOLAG, Nirmala Bhujel, representative of NIWF along with the FIWNA members.

 After a great meeting and discussion among all the participants, the program ended with a commitment to move forward together in the days to come

Friday, April 1, 2022

RISE UP WOMEN


 


It is okay for sadness to come 
It is okay to be anxious in your environment
Because you are women, and you must rise up
Each day, not a unicorn; however, each adversity serves a new lesson.



You are the creator of this world
The conqueror of this world; The warrior
For that reason, you must rise up
You may feel afflicted by your gender
You may feel intimidated by the treatment as a woman
Doing the chores alone at home

Never forget your values and your strength
Don’t forget your beauty
Inside Out: You are wonderful and bright
Without you, your children and families are lost
Without you, creation does not continue
Without you, every man is incomplete
That is why you are priceless, you are so sensible
You are the treasure of this world.


No matter the situation
stay consistent and never give up
If today rains, it will shine again
If today is terrible, your joy awaits to cherish you
If you are having a difficult time, the beautiful days are coming
have faith and believe in yourself.
Support the people who are in need and spread hope
The brighter day will come to embrace you.
You will be a multi-talented, fulfilled creature of this world.
Take pride in your femininity
Because the world needs you
You are a victor
Who turns difficulties into opportunities with wisdom and intelligence
take the challenges and face what comes
don’t give up, don’t quit


Dedicated to all the women of this world.

Written by Indira Chongbang

Edited by Prof. Lauren Yanks