Nepal, Dec. 7 -- "Where do you see yourself in the list of empowered women?" - A casual question flung my way when my colleagues and I were gossiping over coffee. My instant reaction was somewhere at the top. I really felt like an "empowered woman", especially when I compared myself with the general situation of women in Nepal and reminded myself of the fact that gender based violence and other heinous crimes like female feticide are still rampant in our country.

This led to discussions about how majority of Nepalis women are still dependent on their male guardians or partners. I validated my stance by telling my co-workers that I don't make up the proportion of women who still suffer domestic violence or put up with abusive relationship...