The gender movement has grown with events such as 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Womenand Girls and Women of the World Festival amplifying the voice of activists.
One of the initiatives in Nepal is Shrijana Yonjan’s Celebrating Womanhood Award which recognises women in the name of the nine female goddesses and represents powerful women from all walks of life.
The award goes beyond the well known faces among women empowerment activists, advocates and NGO leaders to local women from various backgrounds. The award spotlights women who have contributed and impacted their communities and nation, but are not included or accepted as serious leaders and change makers, when in fact they are creating change that everyone is aspiring for.
Six journalists fanned out across Nepal to collect stories of 50 women to include in an inspiring e-book containing untold stories of unsung heroes. The digital book will be launched online on International Women’s Day on 8 March.