List of Powerful Women Who Have Made History in Nepal

1.Puspa Basnet

Puspa Basnet is the Founder and President of the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) and the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year. Unlike in other Western countries, many children in Nepal are often forced to live with their parents if they are incarcerated. Basnet’s organization works directly with these children, providing a daycare program for children under 6 and a children’s home where dozens of kids have a chance to live a more normal life. Today, her organization has assisted more than a hundred children of incarcerated parents.


2. Bidya Devi Bhandari

Bidya Devi Bhandari was elected the second president of Nepal in late 2015. She is also the first woman to hold the office. Bhandari has more than 30 years of experience as a politician, serving as a member of parliament throughout her life and as the defense minister 2009 to 2011. As president, Bhandari has promised to champion the rights of women and girls. She has led the All Nepal Women Association for the last two decades and is also responsible for organizing the upcoming Girl Summit, which aims to end child marriage in Nepal by 2030.



3. Anuradha Koirala

Anuradha Koiralawho is a founder of Maiti Nepal was born on 14th April 1949. She has been providing services to more than 1000 children’s through Maiti Nepal. Her main mission is to stop girl trafficking and to set home to those children’s, girls and women who were being trafficked or sexual harassed. She was a title of CNN hero. She is regarded as one of the best social workers among various women. Anuradha Koirala is known as a courageous woman who has been doing a lot towards stopping girls trafficking. Anuradha Koirala has played a role of sister, friend, a mother with all her heart. Anuradha Koirala is one of the renowned faces and is respected by everyone. She is a selfless woman who has never thought about danger and stills fighting for trafficking.

4. Sushila Karki

Sushila Karki is one of the first women Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Nepal. She has been giving justice to the people who are facing corruption. She is also known as the fighter as she has zero tolerance against corruption in the Judiciary. Her main mission is to stop corruption in the nation. Her courageous step has been saving the nation from corruption which is commendable. She is also Vice President of Young Buddhist Association.


5.Mira Rai

Mira Rai is an internationally renowned runner who inspires more women and girls to follow their dreams. She is a woman who grew up in a rural village where there was no electricity and water but also she fought for her dream and won the numerous award as Adventurer of the year of National Geography in 2017 and has made a good remark towards society. She has proved that girls are also not less than anyone. Today, she has brought a change that everyone can do anything if they work hard.

6. Arpana Rayamajhi

It was a great year for the New York based artist and jewellery designer. Arpana Rayamajhi work made it to Victoria Secret fashion show in Paris this year. Her jewelries were flaunted by supermodels Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Adriana Lima among others at the fashion show. The 29-year-old also got featured in The New York Times 30 Under 30.


7.Gaurika Singh

Gaurika Singh Well, what do we say about this wonder girl. It was a big, big year for Gaurika Singh. The 13-year-old swimmer won four medals one silver and three bronze for Nepal this year at 2016 South Asian Games held in Guwahati, India. She was the youngest Olympian at the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she represented Nepal in the Women 100m backstroke.


8. Jolly Amatya

Earlier this year in August, Jolly Amatya became the first Nepalese to be appointed as the Youth Chair for the Youth Assembly at the United Nations. She successfully led the Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York that had a participation of 1000 youth representatives from 97 countries.



9. Junita Lama

Junita Lama is the only Nepali who won a major international pageant this year. A nurse by profession in Sydney, she won the title of Pageant of the world 2016 in Australia in July this year. She had also bagged 1st runner up position at Miss Nepal Australia in 2014.



10. Luna Ranjit

Luna Ranjit, a right activist based in New York, was awarded with Grinnell Prize this year in August. The co-founder and strategic advisor of Adhikaar, an organization working for social justice movement for Nepali-speaking community, had won $100,000 Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize. A day dedicated to her, Luna Ranjit Day was celebrated in New York on September 29 to recognize her incredible work.

11. Prakriti Shrestha

Prakriti Shrestha is a Sydney based natural body builder and fitness model who won six gold medals and one silver medal at various championships held in Australia this year. The 36-year-old who is a Technical Manager by profession, also competed at the world titles  in Budapest, Hungary.


12. Raveena Desraj Shrestha 

Raveena Desraj Shrestha was honored at 2016 Congress of AMAEA & Aisa Top Brand Masters Grand Awards in S. Korea in November this year for her contributions not only in the corporate world but for her humanitarian and social works. The General Manager of Mega Bank has been honored with Lady of Excellence award in Singapore and Golden Phoenix award in Malaysia before.


13. Subina Shrestha

Nepal based correspondent, Subina Shrestha, was nominated for International Emmy in 2016 News & Current Affairs category by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Even though she didn’t win the award, it is a huge achievement in itself to be nominated for the most reputed television award in the world.


14. Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala is a actress who mainly appears in Hindi films in India, though she has worked in several South Indian and her native country’s films. Noted for her acting prowess, Koirala is the recipient of several accolades, including four Filmfare Awards—and is one of India’s most well-known actresses. Although the box-office collections from her films have varied considerably, critics have noted that her niche as an actor remains unharmed irrespective of her commercial potency. She was one of the highest paid actresses in the 1990s. She is amongst the few actresses who made a balance between commercial cinema and Parallel cinema (Art-house films). Koirala, not only was popular for her acting skills but was known for her beauty and is often referred as the ‘most beautiful actress of her time’.

Blog By: Manish K Shah

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