Hello everyone, selecting prominent women for interviewing was not an easy task. Among the entire women activist in Nepal, the figures that came to mind promptly were Ms. Sapana Pradhan Malla and Ms. Lily Thapa.
Sapana Pradhan Malla
She is one of the most prominent figures of Nepal working for the rights of women. Nominated as a Constituent Assembly member she has extensively published work on the legal status of women and has been able to give justice to many women through her professionalism as a competent lawyer. She also won the The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation Women’s Rights Prize last year for her work in women issues. She is the president of Forum for Women, Law & Development and vice president of the Legal Aid Consultancy Center, and National Coordinator for the South Asian Women’s Law Association.
Lily Thapa has been working for the widows of Nepal who after the death of their husbands are thrown out in the streets. For the last few years she has been supporting the women whose husbands are killed in the conflict and has been empowering them by various means. Being herself a widow she has understood the pain associated with it and wants to rescue other sisters who can be left alone due to widowhood.She has been able to mark the difference in Nepalese society hence challenging the years old social system.