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THE CHALLENGE OF BEING A SINGLE PARENT

Compiled by: Anushka Shrestha
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Lily Thapa
President, Sankalpa

In Nepal, there still isn’t proper data about single parents but being a single mother I know we have a lot of challenges to face. Most single mothers are illiterate. They do not have knowledge and skills. They have to take responsibility of their children but how they are surviving is a big question. It is very difficult for young single mothers both culturally and economically. They aren’t even treated well and accepted by the society. Even literate single mothers have to face cultural differences in one way or another.

Fortunately, my journey as a single parent has been better as I was born into a middle class family and was educated. I had access to all kinds of facilities and my family was also very supportive. But having said that a majority of single mothers do not have this kind of support. I was treated differently after my husband passed away than when he was alive. Nevertheless, I raised my children quite well and provided them with good education as I was quite sound economically.

To all women I would like to say: if you are skilled and economically independent, no one can question you about anything in life.