Half of Nepal's population live below the poverty line, earning less that $1.25 per day. Employment rates hover around 50%. Only half of its citizens can read, of this only 35% of the literate are women. Nepal’s recent civil war and continued political instability unleashed well-documented human rights abuses, including sexual violence against women, forced abortions to decrease the number of female children, female infanticide, and trafficking of women into prostitution. Child marriage and child labor are a continuing problem, as is human trafficking. 

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