Nepali innovator Bonita Sharma has been named among the 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019 by the BBC along with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, American Congresswoman; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and American actress and singer Bella Thorne.
“Inspired by her mum’s determination to obtain a degree despite pressure to become a housewife, she helps educate and empower women and girls in her native Nepal,” BBC describes in its profile of Sharma. In a bid to tackle child deaths to malnutrition, she designed Nutribeads, a bracelet for new mums with different colored beads to remind them what to feed their babies.
Her projects have been awarded funding from the UNESCO Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education. She is a young change-maker in Nepal and she participated in an intensive learning platform for young women supported by the UNESCO Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education, the Female Champions Fellowship. As a Female Champion, she has empowered girls and women in Nepal through her project on nutrition education. Girls’ education is a must for Bonita and she is working with her community to ensure all girls in her country receive a proper chance at learning. She has founded her own organization to empower women and girls: The Social Changemakers and Innovators (SOCHAI).
“There are people in the world who are facing the devastating consequences of inequality in health, education, and nutrition right now, and there are women and girls who are working relentlessly to change this status quo. I hope every woman and girl will have an opportunity to reach their full potential in life without any discrimination. Brace yourselves for the future, because female-led global socio-economic transformation is coming!”- said Ms. Sharma
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