PRFDHR Workshop: Resilience Amidst Exodus: Nepali Women’s Narratives of Emigration, Hopelessness, and Societal Transformation, Sadikshya Ghimire

Event time: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 203 See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
on-campus and online via Zoom
Event description: 

This presentation unveils the profound impacts of Nepali emigration, focusing on the often-overlooked narratives of women left behind. It investigates the narratives of Nepal women affected by familial emigration, contextualizing their responses within the broader macroeconomic conditions propelling Nepali emigration (the Nepali civil war and the rapid urbanization and globalization of Nepal). Engaging in a dialogue between societal conditions and familial experiences, the interviews conducted by Sadikshya Ghimire reveal the intertwined narratives of hopelessness, disrupted familial structures, and evolving gender roles. Despite a pervasive sense of hopelessness about Nepal’s conditions, these women showcase resilience in their individual lives, navigating transnational challenges with acceptance, improvisation, and resourcefulness. Their stories challenge the dominant narrative of victimhood, highlighting strength and agency. The resilience demonstrated by Nepali women offers a potential avenue for positive transformation, suggesting adaptive strategies to address underlying macroeconomic issues and redirect Nepal’s trajectory away from reliance on emigration.

Sadikshya Ghimire works at New Haven-based, immigration non-profit Elena’s Light as a Legal Advocacy Coordinator. She is an immigrant from Nepal, and her experiences have shaped her passion to advocate for migrant and refugee rights. She graduates from Yale in 2024 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. After Yale, she aspires to study immigration and human rights law.

Sadikshya Ghimire, Yale University - Political Science and Ethnicity, Race & Migration Departments