Kathmandu, November 21, 2016: BBC has listed the former living Goddess Chanira Bajracharya and record-breaking mountaineer Lhakpa Sherpa among the 100 most influential and inspirational women around the world this year.
Bajracharya, 21, is a former Kumari (living goddess). She’s currently pursuing her Bachelors in Business Administration from KUSOM.
She is creating a support network to help Nepal’s former ‘living goddesses’ transition into ordinary life.
Similarly, Lhakpa Sherpa, is the lady who became the first Nepalese woman to climb and descend Everest successfully, in 2000. At 43, she has now climbed it seven times.
“A sherpa’s life is challenged by the mountain, sometimes the mountain wins and sometimes the people win,” BBC quotes Sherpa as saying.
The women on this year’s list bring groundbreaking moments of defiance, new takes on fairy tales, stories of octogenarian cheerleading, and take one inside the world of e-gaming. The list also explores black feminism and some of the world’s biggest names and some those women you may never have heard of, but who all have astonishing stories to tell.
Out of total 100 women in the list, 18 are from Asia.
BBC 100 Women will be hosting their first live festival in the heart of Mexico City, featuring music, art, dance and debate. The festival will also showcase the BBC’s first virtual reality experience. Based on testimonies from rescued women, the documentary allows one to “live” the story of a woman who is trafficked by cartels and is just about to be rescued.
Similarly, BBC Asian Network will also be taking part in our series of debates, asking: “Is the glass ceiling raised higher for British Asian Women?”
BBC 100 Women names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world every year, and creates documentaries, features and interviews about their lives, giving more space for stories that put women at the centre.