Meet Sabitri Pathak: Watipa Scholar 2016, Kathmandu School of Law

When Sabitri applied for a Watipa scholarship back in October 2016, she wrote that her biggest dream was to create change in society through law and justice.  She was awarded one of the scholarships donated in loving memory of Claire Lee (Gaston-Parry). Claire was generous soul who loved to travel, had a commitment to education and to helping others. She was an Australian trained lawyer, loving wife, mother, sister, daughter, and a dear friend who sadly left us too soon in 2013. 

In 2018, after completing 2 years of a 5 year Bachelor of Laws degree, Sabitri remains as determined as ever. Here she writes about her progress this year, how the scholarship has had an impact in her life, and her hopes for the future.

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Sabitri Pathak, Watipa Scholar 2016

My ultimate objective in life is to become a lawyer and help create equality in society and support women’s empowerment. This has been my objective since the start. I don’t think it will ever change. I can change its form but not its purpose.

I grew up seeing inequality on the basis of caste, gender, class. I myself have been a victim of discrimination. Our society still practices customs and holds values that discriminate against women and some communities. I have never liked this. I have always wanted to change this. Women and some people do not get access to legal services which I don’t think is fair. This is the reason I chose to become a lawyer. I want to give free legal aid to people so that their voices are heard. Continue reading “Meet Sabitri Pathak: Watipa Scholar 2016, Kathmandu School of Law”

Conscience and Cuisine: Social Enterprise in Nepal

13 - cafe.jpg13 - momos.jpgVeg chilli momos. Delicious. For anyone who has not experienced Nepalese cuisine, momos are essentially a type of dumpling that can come steamed or fried, filled with vegetables or meat, and can be ‘spiced’ in a sweat and sour chilli sauce. Continue reading “Conscience and Cuisine: Social Enterprise in Nepal”

Money makes the world go round?

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In international development, money is pervasive in determining power, influence, access, wealth (of course) and social status, just as in most interactions in society. Money is more than simply a measure of livelihood or used in day-to-day transactions. Keep reading!