Rachel Petit (Nepal)


Rachel Petit (Nepal)

Rachel Petit is a 23-year-old Canadian, currently pursuing a Masters degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action concentrating in global health at Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs. Before coming to Paris, Rachel graduated from the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, majoring in health and society. Over the course of her degrees, Rachel has been actively involved in advocating for the human rights of homeless and at-risk youth in Calgary and refugees in Paris. Rachel is working towards a career in international health advocacy and is grateful for the opportunity to develop her skills with The Advocacy Project. Rachel was drawn to working with AP, and specifically with CWN, out of a desire to contribute towards sustainable initiatives that support Nepali women in the realization of their right to health. Upon her return from Nepal, Rachel reflected that, "to arrive at one’s own conception of happiness, there is a minimum set of conditions that must be afforded to all individuals, regardless of cultural context, in order for them to be able to realize their full potential as human beings capable of exercising rational choices."



12 Jul

Meet Anjila Khadka, an advocate who is changing the way girls, boys, women and men understand menstruation in Nepal

I am constantly in awe of the people that somehow appear in my life. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting a woman who both inspires me and gives me hope that despite some of the seemingly unsurmountable challenges to securing women’s reproductive health rights in Nepal (and in the world for that matter), there […]

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Posted Jul 12, 2017

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09 Jul

Meet the Care Women Nepal team!

Indira Thapa: President & Founder Indira Thapa, from Muga, Dhankuta, Nepal, founded Care Women Nepal in 1998 out of a desire to serve the women of her community. Since then, Indira has worked tirelessly to advocate for the rights of women in Nepal by hosting health camps, providing emergency relief and carrying out water and […]

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Posted Jul 09, 2017

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05 Jul

Meet Sobha Magar and Pancha Maya Tamang

A day in the life of a woman in Nepal looks very different from yours or mine. When you and I are peacefully slumbering at 5am, dreaming of the latte that we will pick up on our way to work, or a deadline that is fast approaching, a woman in Nepal has already risen before […]

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Posted Jul 05, 2017

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04 Jul

Peace signs and ‘duck faces’ are universal, illness is universal, access to care is not

Yesterday I had my first taste of what one might consider “fieldwork” in the most literal sense of the term. Indira, Yunesh and myself set off from Dhankuta after breakfast to a nearby municipality  called Pakhribas. To get there, we first had to do a bit of good ol’ fashioned 4X4ing through the deep mud […]

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Posted Jul 04, 2017

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16 Jun

New Friends, Happiness and the Right to Health in Nepal

The other day while I was sitting at my favorite coffee shop in Kathmandu (partly for the coffee, but mostly because of the strong Wi-Fi) a man named Ram Kumar Khatri (pictured below) approached me. He was carrying a bag full of magazines that I initially thought he wanted to try and sell to me […]

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Posted Jun 16, 2017

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13 Jun

Life lessons learned in Nepal: relax, you have everything you need

Before beginning this journey, I was told several times that Nepal would change me. While I’m not sure that it’s changed me , it has undoubtedly intensified some of the convictions that form the core of my being. I’ve gone from being a health-conscious vegetarian to a sun saluting, OMing vegan. That’s rights, I’m slowly […]

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Posted Jun 13, 2017

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11 Jun

Advocating for the sexual and reproductive health rights of women: the challenges of addressing the underlying cause of uterine prolapse in Nepal

I apologize in advance for the length of this blog, but I feel that it’s important that people get a feel for the problem that Care Women Nepal is seeking to address, and some of the challenges that arise in doing so. I will start off with a bit of background, and move into my […]

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Posted Jun 11, 2017

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01 Jun

From Kathmandu to Dhankuta

The journey from Kathmandu to Dhankuta began bright and early at 4am when I left the place that I had been staying at to join Yunesh before heading to where the bus would pick us up. Yunesh is the son of Indira Thapa, the founder of Care Women Nepal. In the past, Yunesh has been […]

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Posted Jun 01, 2017

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01 Jun

DO NOT BUY THE MILK

I would like to issue a word of caution to individuals travelling in Kathmandu (and particularly Thamel): DO NOT BUY THE MILK FOR THE MOTHER AND HER SCREAMING CHILD. This advice seems to be counterintuitive, if not cruel. And it is. When you see another human being who is asking for food to feed their […]

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Posted Jun 01, 2017

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29 May

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter

After 30 hours of travel I have arrived in Kathmandu. While I had planned to pass the time en route reading, I mostly found myself reflecting on the people I met over the course of the past two weeks in Washington, D.C. I feel immense gratitude. One does not meet people like Karen, Iain, Cynthia, Reina, […]

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Posted May 29, 2017

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