Little Sisters Fund | The issue
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If you can read this,
consider yourself lucky.

Girls who are not in school face high risk for human trafficking, exploitative child labor, and early marriage. Education can prevent these injustices.

About 25% of the population in Nepal lives on less than $1.25 per day.

Even for families above that line, quality education can be prohibitively expensive. Gender bias means that, if faced with a terrible choice, parents tend to invest more money in the education of boys.
As a result 66% of men can read and write, while only 43% of females can.

43 %
% of females

can read and write

The risks are real

  • In rural areas, more than 70% of girls have dropped out of school by age 16.
  • 10,000-15,000 girls are trafficked each year in Nepal.
  • 30% of girls are engaged in child labor.
  • In rural areas, 2 in 5 girls are married by age 14.

In their own words

Women are less educated than men in Nepal. It is not because women do not read, but because they were not allowed to read. Women are discriminated in every sector of national life. They are not given equal opportunities in politics, education and other fields. Women are not as free as men.

– Aakancha, grade 10


Women are dominated by men and even by our society. There is gender inequality. Women are considered as secondary human beings. They are not given freedom. They don’t get equality in different aspects of our society. Most of the women are limited to doing household work. They are illiterate. They cannot get an education because they cannot enjoy the right to freedom.  They are trafficked by the agent who gives them hope to give good employment opportunities.

 I believe women are not only created to suffer, to be trafficked, but they are created to spread love, care, affection and inspiration ALL around the world. But due to increase in literacy many people are educated. As a result, the status of women is improving lately. Women advocates are increasing.”

— Benajil, grade 11

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