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Pasang lamhu sherpa
 

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was the first Nepali woman to clismb the summit of Mount Everest. She was born into a mountaineering family and was involved in climbing from her teens. She had successfully climbed Mont Blanc, Cho Oyu, and others. She had attempted Everest three times before, but did not succeed until April 22, 1993 when she reached the summit by the South Col via the Southeast Ridge route. While she was descending with her husband, Sonam Chhiring, she fell into a crevasse and died. Even though she had fallen, her soul and what the deeds she had done are still remembered by all nepalese men and women today.

 
"We can do anything we want to do
if we stick to it long enough."--Helen Keller

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Parijat
 

Bishnu Kumari Waiba, recognized as Parijat in Nepali literature, was born in 1937 to Dr. K.S. Lama, a psychologist and Amrita Moktan, in Darjeeling, India. Parijat was just a little girl when she lost her mother. Therefore, she was brought up by her father and grandparents in the beautiful hills of Darjeeling. Parijat is one of the most prominent talents that Darjeeling has given to Nepal; moreover, she is among one of the very few female literary figures of Nepal who have made their mark in Nepali Literature.

Parijat completed a part of her schooling in Darjeeling. In 1954, she came to Kathmandu and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Padma Kanya School. A voracious reader and shrewd analyzer of people and human behavior, she had developed a strong interest in Nepali literature from a very young age.


However, her transformation from an innocent girl to a sharp writer and poet was not free of impediments. She had to suffer much physical and emotional torment early on because of many physical ailments she had developed. But no matter how much pain she was in, she never lost her cheerful and amicable personality. She suffered from paralysis at the age of 26 and was supported her sister all through her life. She never married.

Parijat published her three poem-collection, Akanshya, Parijat Ko Kavita, and Baisalu Bartaman in Dharti in 1959. Her first short story was "Maile Najanmayeko Choro". However, her talent stands out better in her novels. Out of her ten novels, “Shiris ko Phool” received the greatest popularity and critical acclaim from the elites as well as general readers. “Sirish ko Phool”, often considered based on existentialism, explores and analyzes a psychology of a woman who is repressed by the circumstances surrounding her.

In 1965, she was awarded the Madan Puraskar for “Sirish ko Phool”. She also received the Sarwashrestha Pandulipi Puraskar, Gandaki Basunahara Puraskar, and Bridabrit. But after “Sirish ko Phool”, it was hard for Parijat to keep up with herself. None of her works after “Sirish ko Phool” is believed to match up the brilliance of “Sirish ko Phool”. However, she was more dedicated to literature and social work after the success of “Shirish ko Phool”.

Parijat is indisputably the greatest women writer of Nepal who has given us some world- class literary creations. We cannot be sure if we will witness the rise of another Parijat but the immortality of this strong and immensely gifted woman is certain. She died in 1993.

 
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Anuradha Koirala

Anuradha koirala is a founder of Maiti Nepal. Maiti Nepal was born out of a crusade to protect Nepali girls and women from crimes like domestic violence, trafficking for flesh trade, child prostitution, child labor and various forms of exploitation and torture. A group of socially committed professionals like teachers, journalists and social workers together formed Maiti Nepal in 1993 to fight against all the social evils inflicted upon our female populace. Most of all, its special focus has always been on preventing trafficking for forced prostitution, rescuing flesh trade victims and rehabilitating them. This social organisation also actively works to find justice for the victimized lot of girls and women by engaging in criminal investigation and waging legal battles against the criminals. It has highlighted the trafficking issue with its strong advocacy from the local to national and international levels.

Maiti Nepal establishes a Shelter Home for the protection and rehabilitation of rescued and returned trafficked girls and for orphans. The Shelter Home provides awareness training, informal education, skill training, as well as voluntary medical checkups, and psychological and medical counseling for survivors of trafficking. An average of 100 survivors resides in this rehabilitation home at a time.

Maiti Nepal was awarded the International Children's Award and the Reebok Human Rights Award in recognition of its nine year long struggle to end trafficking of Nepali women and children.

 

 

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The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world with a sense of confidence and grace.
Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom.
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A woman is the full circle.
Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform. --
Diane Mariechild

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Cut not the wings of your dreams,
for they are the heartbeat and the freedom of your soul.--Flavia
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Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.--Betty Smith
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Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don't see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself. --Marianne Williamson
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As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others
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Marianne Williamson
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If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else,you will have succeeded.--Maya Angelou
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You are never asked to do more than you are able without being given the Strength and Ability to do it.--Eileen Caddy

 
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