Determined to Elevate Women’s Voices in Nepal: a New BMKF Scholarship for Mass Communication and Journalism.
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In 2018, the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation will be offering a designated scholarship for a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism (BA MCJ).
We believe it’s essential to promote women’s voices in the media, and this scholarship is the first step in providing Nepalese women the skills and confidence to have their voices heard in an increasingly impactful and widespread way.
Thanks to digital technology, media is a fast growing industry in Nepal. With a number of private publication houses, TV channels, websites, and radio stations, the scope of job opportunities is wide: ranging from content writer, blogger, and journalist, to newspaper editor and administrator, to program hosts and professional anchors for the media and events. Digital technology also allows news stories to reach much larger audiences. This is particularly important because the stories we share in the media have the power to shape local, national, and global policies, opinions, and perspectives — to influence everything from fashion, trends, and memes, to education, politics, and gender power dynamics. Empowering a Nepalese woman to enter this profession adds a much needed woman’s voice to the local and national discourse.
Historically, many BMKF scholars have pursued degrees in nursing, business, teaching, and social work. Recently, we’ve seen more diversity in the fields candidates wish to pursue, including STEM and law. In the 14 years BMKF has been awarding scholarships, only one scholar has pursued a journalism degree. We see this new scholarship as an opportunity to help a Nepalese woman to develop her voice, confidence, skills, and platform to make an impact.