Zonta Club Kathmandu Honors Inspirational Women


Kathmandu, March 8 . On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Zonta Club of Kathmandu celebrated their annual “Yellow Rose Day” on March 8, 2020 to honor ‘Inspirational and Courageous Women’ for their achievements regardless of their circumstances. The award ceremony was supported by Nabil Bank, Amantran Spa & Salon and Switch On Multi Brand Electronic Store and hosted by the Radisson Hotel.

On the Yellow Rose Day 2020, eight such exemplary women were honored at the event. The awardees shared their journeys of how they succeeded in breaking the glass ceiling. Sharing and rejoicing the stories of such empowering women has undoubtedly made a difference in the society and serves as an immense source of encouragement to all the women in the country.

Zonta Club Kathmandu award categories and awardees Princess Helen Shah Inspirational Women of the Year – AIG Dr. Asha Singh, Nepal Police.Amar Rana Game Changer Award – Ms. Aayushi KC, CEO, Khaalisisi, Jyoti Scholarship Award 2020 for Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship – Ms. Prashna Bhattarai and Jyoti Scholarship Award 2020 for Women in Technology:  Ms. Tsering Dikey Lama.

Similarly, Zonta Club of Kathmandu awarded Rs. 25,000 each supported by Nabil Bank to four other women under the title of Inspirational Women as an appreciation for their extraordinary work that has helped to shape the attitude of the society towards women. They have been inspiring and working against the odds. These women are working in sectors which are traditionally male dominated. It was an honor to recognize and appreciate these women who are unsung heroes on their genre of work.Ms. Laxmi Napit – Barber,Ms. Saraswoti Suwal – Mechanic,Ms. Harmita Shrestha – Sajha Bus Driver and Ms. Mandhira Bhandari – Electrician.

Sunny Rauniyar Pradhan’s beautiful song called “Khulla Aakash” complimented the theme of the day and added further delight to the event.

Zonta International, founded in 1919, is a leading global organization of professionals, empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. It envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, women have access to all resources, are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men and no women lives in fear of violence.

Under the umbrella of Zonta International, the Zonta Club of Kathmandu was established in 2012. It is a legally registered NGO in Kathmandu and has been working on the advancement of the status of women with the objective to improve the economic, education, health, and issues related to youth and violence against women at the national and local level through service and advocacy. Nepal is the 64th country to be officially chartered.

Zonta Club Kathmandu’s programs include adult literacy for women, advocacy on ending child marriage and awareness on women’s entitlement, self-defense training for girls, education supplies and skill development training for women prison inmates, 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women (VAW), sanitation project – building toilets, distributing cycles to girls and women ease their  commute to educational institutions, etc. This biennium (2018-2020) is the Centennial Biennium of Zonta. To mark 100 years of Zonta, Zonta Club Kathmandu is committed to continue and strengthen initiatives for wider impact.