ACTION WORKS NEPAL HEARTILY CONGRATULATE TO SOCIAL LEADER FROM JUMLA LAURIMAYA THAMI
A WINNER WWSF-WOMEN'S WORLD SUMMIT FOUNDATION
Kathmandu, 4th October 2015: Action Works Nepal (AWON) heartily extends its warm wishes and congratulatesLaurimayaThami for being selected and wining the price for the WWSF Prize for women’s creativity in Rural Life – 2015, with an award of US$ 1000. Ms. Laurimaya is among 10 laureates selected by the WWSF International Prize Jury among the nominations received this year.
LauriMayaThami(60+) is a rural woman who lives in the Jumla district, where the human development index is the lowest of any other area in Nepal. Thami is changing oppressive cultural norms in her village—she became a widow 14 years ago, and refused to wear the traditional garb of widows that allows society to stigmatize them. As such, other women are following suit. She has also been working to dismantle the oppressive practice of chhaupadi (where women are moved into isolation and are considered untouchable during menstruation) of child marriage, early marriage, and caste-based discrimination. Thamihaspromotedgenderequalitythrough herworkasacommunitygenderfacilitatorin women’sempowermentandlivelihood improvement program in Jumla. She has empowered women girls and children to claim their rights and has gained a size able critical mass of supporter sand young activists. She also promotes gender equality through her door-to-door campaign to convince parents to send their children to school, particularly their girl children. As a Female Community Health Volunteer, she works with pregnant women to educate the reproductive health of mothers and infants, and also educates local couples about basic contraceptive methods.
Once again the entire AWON team congratulates her for the success she has kissed making whole Nation and Karnali proud and being one of the inspirational social leader to encourage youths and rural social hidden leaders for making the change. AWON is very happy to find such a powerful committed leader from rural Nepal to work together for the social cause to establish social justice and peace in the rural Nepal. For further more information please visit the link: http://www.onsnews.com/laaurimaya-thami-won-the-international-prize/