On this International Women's Day I'll share this wonderful photo by @ryangraymedia
of Santoshi Thapa, one of many hundreds of Nepali women I've been lucky enough to meet, live with, and work with over the years.
Despite her home being completely destroyed in the earthquake, Santoshi has still managed to run a household (albeit from a flimsy tin and bamboo shack), teach English, Nepali, and Maths to Women in the local area who still wanted to learn despite their school being destroyed too, and more; over the almost 3 year period since the quake. Like all women here she is a massive force for strength in her community. Women here work so hard, from well before sunrise til late into the night, often exclusively on gruelling manual tasks - every single day. They carry the heavy loads, work bent-back in the fields cultivating rice and cutting grass for livestock, cook, clean, parent, teach, nurture, and inspire.
The strength of women is incalculable and yet there are still so many atrocities and expressions of inequality being forced on them every day in most parts of the world. It's up to us all to make a change. When you are able, support maternal health causes, women's education, women's shelters, and organisations who fight against domestic violence and human sex trafficking. Champion equality in your community. Demonstrate respect, kindness, and empathy. We're all in this together ❤️ #twenepal