Interview with Chin Cabrido

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 Chin Cabrido's view regarding Education, Women Empowerment and Politics in Nepal.

1) Could you tell briefly, Let us know who you are?

I am Chin Cabrido. I am a journalist working on development communications in Kathmandu, Nepal since 2009. I am from the Philippines.

2) What is your impression about Nepal?

During this stint, I was asked to choose between Sri Lanka and Nepal. I chose the latter because of my perception of Nepal as a wonderful country with gentle people. Also, since I am a lover of the outdoors, Nepal proves to be a country full of adventure.

3) Which things or incident made you support Nepali People?

Nepali people are very similar with South East Asians, the region where I come from. Nepalis are survivors and they work hard for survival despite life’s struggles. I have seen this everyday and I witnessed how they work hard to bring in bread for the day for their families. I am moved by such diligence.

4) What are your family perceptions towards your present activities in Nepal?

My family has always been supportive of my work, in my career and the social activities that I do alongside it. Since 16 years old, I have lived independently from my family and sustained my own self through hard work, diligence and study. My father always tells me on how proud he is seeing me achieve my dreams to the point of exceeding both of my parents’ expectations.

5) What is YFN-Master Thesis Grant 2013? Why it is important for Nepali students?

YFN-Master Thesis grant is a program aimed to assisting deserving Nepali students in completing their thesis during their final year. I thought about this concept to help Nepali students graduate and find jobs to support their family. We are launching the program this year with three students as recipients for this semester and another three for the next semester.

6) What types of feedback are you getting from students after publishing it in media to receive application?

The response is very overwhelming. We received warm support telling us that this is a good initiative and that it opens a lot of opportunity for graduating students. So far, we have received many applications this semester.

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Chin Cabrido (middle) and Youth Foundation Nepal Team

7) What is your Relationship with Youth Foundation Nepal(YFN) ? What is your experience working with them in this Master Thesis Grant Project?

Youth Foundation Nepal was one of the organizations that recognized my contribution to Nepal by giving me a social development award this year. With the award given to me, I have thought of extending my help to deserving Nepali students by launching the Master Thesis Grant and with YFN as the coordinating organization. They are doing a good job in facilitating the receipt of incoming applications, screening and evaluating the submissions.

8) How do you manage Fund for supporting the various good causes?

Most of the contributions that I share, whether time, money or skills come from my overwhelming desire to help Nepal, which I consider as my second home. Some friends contribute too and extend their help by bringing in donations to projects that I facilitate such as school supplies for slum kids in Koseli school, installation of improved cook stoves in Nilkantha VDC in Dhading, and fund raising for eco san toilets for Dalit communities.

9) What prospects do you see in young women? How can they assist in development of women from grass root level?

There are trailblazers of young women in Nepal especially in media and women rights movements. Some voices are heard in radio, TV and print and they can come aggressive in their views and perceptions. They are models that others can look up to and can represent voices that are not heard especially from marginalized sectors. I see this growing in number and hopefully will motivate and empower other women. However, the challenge to be given a level playing field to print, to write and to say their opinions, alongside with men in Nepali society, still remains to be challenge.

10) What do you have to say on Women Empowerment and Politics in Nepal?

This remains to be a huge challenge, for women in Nepal to be active players in politics. Very few are given the opportunity to enjoy this privilege, yet these few people sometimes do not even represent the sentiment of the many oppressed and discriminated women.

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Sunil KC, Chin Cabrido and the 2013 Thesis Grant Holders

11) What are your views about “ Violence on Women in Nepal”?

Women violence is a like a common predicament of most Nepali women, from harassment to discrimination to lack of opportunity. You can see it everyday, on how women are sidelined in public transport designs, services and infrastructures. For example, I usually ride the tempo when I am in Nepal and repeatedly I experience harassment from intoxicated and drunk people touching my arm or feeling my skin as if wanting to touch me. But I speak out loud, and I scream at them even if I don’t speak in Nepali, at least that awakens them and makes them realize how rude they are to me.

12) What is the impact of violence on women in Nepal?

Women violence, discrimination or harassment in any form should not be tolerable. It is debasing and robs women of self-respect. Some victims remain silent about it; they do not expose it because of embarrassment or intimidation from society. This is a wrong impression because women violence is a human violation and it is something worth fighting for, for yourself and for your loved ones.

13) Could you tell us about your childhood experience with reference to your family background?

I have an elder brother and a younger sister. I am the middle child and just as what people say, middle child are very independent. My father is a lawyer and my mother works for the government on environment and natural resources. I am both a mix of my father and mother, an environmentalist and a human rights advocate especially on women harassment and violence. At 16, I lived on my own, worked and financed myself to school until masters degree. We are an average earning family but I have always wanted to live on my own and earn for my self. At the age of 23, I completed my master’s degree from U.S. and went to Europe with a scholarship to earn my second masters degree. When I came back to the country, I worked for the government, shifted to private organizations, to international non-profit organizations and consulting companies and then to multilateral development banks such as ADB and World Bank.

14) How would you see yourself in Communication and Journalism in the next five years?

I see myself as an accomplished person but still standing with my feet on the ground. I want to expand my expertise in new media, in website management and content writing, social media and development communications. I want to write impact stories from people in the ground. I also want to publish my own book, the subject of which, still remains to be finalized soon.

15) Where do you want to stay, in Philippines or in Nepal?

The world is a small. I want to be shifting from one place to another, which includes Philippines and Nepal. This has been my life for the past four years or more and I could not imagine just living in one country for the rest of the year.

Interview made by Sunil K.C in June 2013.

Chin Cabrido is a Communication Specialist at Asian Development Bank (ADB). She is a 2013 Social Development Award Winner.

Ready, Willing and Able

« Youth is not a troublemaker. Youth is a change maker. »
says Juju Kaji, a Nepali social worker.
2012. At one difficult time of national history, Nepali people face new challenges every day.
And still, youth is in the game