Most popular women of Nepal :- Let us start from what exactly Nepal is famous for? It is famous for its bravery and dignity towards its country from its people as there are a lot of inspirational people in Nepal. Yes, Nepal is a country with the bravest and courageous people around the world.
This country is great for the people who have fought for it an everyone Nepalese is proud to be born in Nepal. Now let me tell you about the popular women – yes women who have contributed their best for the welfare of the country.
40 Most Popular Women of Nepal
They are defined below :
1. Anuradha Koirala:
Anuradha Koirala, one of the most popular women of Nepal, was born on April 14, 1949, where she taught English for about 20 years in the schools of Kathmandu. She married at a very young age, but her marriage did not last because she suffered from domestic violence.
After that, she decided that she did not want other women to suffer from what she went through, so she decided to help women who were the victims of domestic violence and abuse or sexual violence. She chose to help the children and the women as her mission for life.
With her determination to stand against sex trafficking as well of girls and women, she began her pious work more than 20 years ago. She founded Maiti Nepal, which aimed to provide services to women and children who are the victims of sufferings from rape, abuse or illnesses such as AIDS/HIV.
Today there are more than three prevention homes, two hospices, nine transit homes and a high school operated by Maiti Nepal serve to spread awareness, conduct and rescue operations, apprehend traffickers and educate and provide therapy to the victims.
Anuradha was nominated for the 2010 CNN Hero award where she won the first prize and $100,000 gift to Maiti Nepal and a $25,000 was donated to her cause in courtesy of CNN. Today, Nepal proudly regards Anuradha Koirala as the daughter of Nepal and the pride of the nation.
2. Shrinkhala Khatiwada:
Shrinkhala Khatiwada, one of the most popular women of Nepal, was born on November 3, 1996, in a resident of Nepal called Hetauda. She is best known for the Beauty with a purpose Winner of the Miss World 2018 as she is the second Nepalese Women to do so. She secured the 1st position in Miss world 2018.
She has won millions of heart by performing good deeds. She has engraved hearts of the Nepalese people with her actions and affection on what she does towards the community and the nation. She has done a lot of charity and donation works.
Her famous Kailash municipality project has touched the hearts of millions as she constructed a hospital site there. The Kailash municipality is filled with poor people with no access to even basic needs, so she discovered that place and urged to help them and constructed a hospital with facilities.
She did a lot of collecting of money and basic needs that a normal household should have by conducting various programmes and projects to raise money for her Kailash municipality project. She has also done other various works in helping the backwards community of Nepal.
Khatiwada has not only made the country proud, but she has made the whole world proud. She is an engineer with the topper of the Pulchowk Campus. She is known as the Beauty with Brain women in Nepal.
3. Yankila Sherpa:
While writing about most popular women of Nepal, we can not forget the name of Yankla Sherpa. Yankila Sherpa is best known for the Tourism expert. She was born in the most remote village of Eastern Nepal and is the first person to complete her University In Tourism from her village. Today, she is the chief advisor in the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and the vice president of the Trans Himalayan.
This non profit organization works for a sustainable livelihood and mountain environment. She always saw tourism as the medium to uplift the economic status of the mountain communities as she was born there, and she knows the struggle.
She has implemented plans and policies to empower the people there, especially focusing on women. In recognition of her contribution towards the field of sustainable and responsible tourism along with the women empowerment, she was nominated as the state Minister for culture, tourism and civil Aviation in the year 2005 and 2006.
Sherpa has been awarded as the outstanding women entrepreneur of Nepal by the international summit held in Delhi, India in the year 2000. We all remember as the expert on Tourism.
4. Ranju Darshana:
Ranju Darshana born on March 3, 1996, is the youngest youth activist with the age of 24 as she started to be active in politics since she was 4 years old. She is now the iconic person after her candidacy for mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City in the Nepalese local level election of 2017.
She is the member of the Bibeksheel Nepali party. Even her party has claimed that she is the youngest candidate in Nepal’s history. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Development Studies. She is now committed to making Nepal a prosperous nation and is also focusing on completing her studies so that she can do something for the country and the people.
5. Oshima Banu:
Oshima Banu was born on April 27, 1997, in Kathmandu. She is the founder and the CEO of the House of Fashion Nepal. She is the first ever Muslim actress in the Nepalese acting industry with the background of the modelling since a very young age and has even won the Face of Classic Diamond 2012.
She is inspiring a lot of girls, especially Muslims, to do what they like. She aspires to bring some significant changes in the modelling industry with the bound in breaking the religious taboo.
Oshima Banu is the most courageous women in standing up for herself and against the society who tried to block her way and was always reminded or entitled as the Muslim girl and was forbidden to do modelling.
She is now raising awareness against domestic violence as well and is conducting programs to help women with talents to come out despite the taboo. People love her for her determination towards her work as she inspires many young youths.
6. Priyanka Karki:
Priyanka Karki was born on February 27, 1987, in Kathmandu. She is best known for her work as an actress and model and also the activist for eradicating the social taboo that prevails in our society or a broadened sense, she is a feminist.
She has done a lot of works throughout her life. She was married in 2010 and got divorced in 2013 because her marriage did not work out, and she was entitled as a victim of violence or abuse that she had to go through her marriage.
After her divorce, she became more passionate about her work and promised to give her full potentiality and bring some change in the Nepalese industry. She is the highest paid actress in Nepal and is truly famous and popular all over the world.
She is the first Nepali women to make it to the Cannes Festival 2017 with her boyfriend Aayushman DS Joshi (who is now her husband because they got married in 2020) She also found her true love while working and is truly blessed to have her husband as her support system.
Priyanka Karki is the richest female too. She is a woman of talents as she is talented in Dancing, Singing, and her acting is just marvellous. She also has conducted various programs on the social taboo topic called periods. She is also the founder of the Aayanka foundation where this foundation works in providing tampons and pads to the women in rural areas.
With the money she has earned, she donates in the charity and her foundation to help those in needy. With her work, she is loved by everyone and is the most popular women in Nepal.
7. Dhurmus and Suntali:
This Dhurmus Suntali name was given to two people who are the comedians of Nepal named as Sitaram kattel and Kunjana Ghimire. They both are married and are together for a long time. In 2015, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal and thousands and thousands of people went homeless after this disaster.
So as comedians, they decided to put the money in building homes for the homeless. They started to conduct campaigns and open a foundation called Dhurmus Suntali Foundation. This foundation has done good works in helping people.
It has made over 1000 homes for the homeless, which is no joke. They both are famous for their contribution to this work. They have done other good jobs like they cleaned the Bir hospital and are currently in the construction of the Gautam Buddha International Stadium.
8. Kanchan Amatya:
Kanchan Amatya was born in the year 1996 in Kathmandu but had her education completed in the University of Oklahoma. Her work has been recognized by the US president Bill Clinton, UN and the govt of Nepal. She is best known for her work in promoting rural women’s access to education in her homeland and outer country.
She is an award-winning Nepalese activist and a social entrepreneur. Currently, she is the activist and entrepreneur behind the sustainable fish farming initiative in Nepal. Even the Forbes magazine has taken her interview and has been entitled as one of the most influential women entrepreneurs.
Kanchan Amatya has done a lot of projects in her life. She is currently working on a new project called the resolution project where the motto is Sustainability Development and Use of Natural resources and aquaculture.
We all love her for her hard work and determination towards her work and in making the whole country proud by reaching the international platform.
9. Sweta Rajgharia:
Sweta Rajgharia is formerly the most loved person for her work and passion towards her work. She is the independent, self-made and successful women in Nepal. She even has a school for the women, especially who are disabled or are helpless or cannot get the education due to the rural facility.
Through her knowledge, intuition and altruism, she has been counselling people from different walks of life- helping them realize their true potentiality and live a happier life. She is also an inspirational speaker who wants to make a difference in other people’s lives by sharing her voice for those who listen and move.
Thus, she is currently on working empowering women and gives every people access to education and is walking by the message of hard work and determination. She is also working in the NGO and is the founder of AWON, which works in empowering people to find their true selves.
10. Nikita Bajracharya:
Nikita Bajracharya is best known as the investor. She is the founder of the biggest investment fund known as the Dolma Impact. She is working as the investment manager there.
She has inspired many people to invest. Bajracharya is currently the richest women of Nepal and is popular for opening the investment fund.
11. Bhavani Devkota:
Bhawani Devkota is the former president in the Hydropower projects in Nepal. She is currently working in opening hydropower in different parts of the country. She has worked in more than 100 hydropower projects.
Due to her contribution to her work, she has provided electricity to a lot of people, especially in rural areas. She is popularly known for her work in projects like hydropower.
12. Seema Khan:
Seema Khan best known for the founder of the Nepalese Women at national and also the international level. She is the prominent advocate of rights of Nepali Muslim. She founded this welfare society around 2006 as the chairperson.
This is the only national level organization working in uplifting the situation of marginalized Nepali Muslim women. She addresses the issues of violence against women that is happening due to the socio-cultural practices inside the home.
She is a great helper and an inspiration for Muslim women. We love her as she is popular for helping domestic violence women get out of the trap.
13. Shila Thapa:
Shila Thapa is one of those popularly known women for working and finding a home for the Down syndrome people. She has established a home for the people who have down syndrome. She collectively works as a founder of the Down syndrome NGO society.
She is captivated towards her work and is motivating all the down syndrome children, adults and elderly people that being disabled doesnt mean that you are not capable.
14. Dikshya Chapagain:
She is famous for her contribution to ending the domestic violence held against women in different parts of Nepal. She is the founder of the Pavitra Samaj Nepal which is a societal organization working to save the victims of domestic violence.
She is currently working with the help of NGO to run her organization and prevent women from being abused. The whole nation vows to her contribution in bringing an end to domestic violence.
15. Samragyee Rajya Laxmi Shah:
Samragyee RL Shah is popularly known for her acting as she started acting in 2015 with the co-actor Anmol KC. Her first ever movie was Dreams which was a hit in Nepal. The Nepalese love her for her work as she is contributing her full time in the acting career.
She has done her Bachelor degree in Humanities. She is currently trying to go abroad to study further in cinematography as she wants to make a movie and also wants to be a director in the future. She is also famous for speaking up against the patriarchy system where the major priority is given to male rather than females.
Samragyee is known as an actor but with passionate power and boldness in her blood. She became more famous after doing a movie with a Nepali/British YouTuber Dhiraj Magar called Itu Mintu London Ma.
16. Rachana Gurung Sharma:
Rachana Gurung Sharma is popularly known for her work towards the Miss Nepal convention. She is not only a judge, trainer or an actress but is also a choreographer and a fashion blogger.
She has been working in Miss Nepal as the judge and a trainer in turning girls with talents and Beauty into the next Miss Nepal. She is popularly known as the lady behind the Miss Nepal. She also has been contributing a lot in the fashion industry of Nepal.
17. Sneha Shrestha:
Sneha Shrestha is popular for her works towards saving the animals, and she is against animal cruelty. She is the founder of the Sneha Animal Care which runs under the inspection of NGO.
She is against the rudeness towards the animals that has been happening for a long time. She has homes for the stray animals and has been looking after them for more than a decade.
18. Princi Koirala:
Princi Koirala is the most popular women in Nepal for her contribution to making the transportation facility easier. She is the founder of the Uber-like organization called Tootle, which is now the biggest new form of transportation in Nepal.
She is the CMO there. Due to her new perspective of making the public’s transportation easier, people love her for establishing or being the founding member of Tootle.
19. Rita Bhandari:
Rita Bhandari is the vice president of the SAARC Women council Nepal. She has been doing her work in the SAARC
convention in lifting Nepal’s economy. She is popularly known as the vice president in the SAARC council.
20. Bidya Devi Bhandari:
Bidya Devi Bhandari was born on June 19, 1961. She has been serving the nation as a president since 2015. She is the first woman to hold the office in the country. Her spouse Madan Bhandari was also a part of the presidential community where he sadly died in a car accident which later allowed his wife to be the president of the country.
She is known as the second president of the Republic of Nepal and the first lady president of the country. As a president, she has done a lot of works, and she has been doing well till now, and we don’t know how long she will be considered as the president.
21. Jhamak Ghimire:
Jhamak Ghimire is the girl who is famous for Nepalese writing with her legs because she was born disabled. She was born with cerebral palsy, where she can’t move her body properly. She has written a lot of books with her left foot.
Her book or popularly known as the auto-biography named Jivan Kaada Ki Phool is taught in school level. She has received the most popular award of Nepal called the Madan Puraskar. She currently works as a columnist at the Kantipur newspaper. She is famous for her determination to study and write even though she is disabled with no hands.
Parijat was born in 1937, Darjeeling-India. Her real name was Bishnu Kumari Waiba, but she went under the pen name Parijat. She was a Nepalese writer who wrote Shirish ko Phool.
Her book Shirish ko Phool is still taught in school and college levels in both international and national level. She was literature. She was a woman of many talents. She even wrote poems and stories for kids and parents. She will always be remembered as the writer, poet and literaturer in the Nepali sector.
23. Pushpa Basnet:
Pushpa Basnet was born in 1984, Kathmandu. She is popularly known for her organization which works to strengthen the rights of children living behind bars with their incarcerated parents.
She is also famous as a social worker. Currently, She is the founder/president of an organization named Early childhood Development centre and Butterfly Home, which is a non-profit organization in Kathmandu, Nepal.
23. Ram kumari Jhakri:
Ram Kumari jhakri is only famous for her appearance and the interest in politics of the Nepalese government. She is the member of the parliament and former president of all Nepal National free students union ( ANNFSU).
She currently serves as a legislature at the lower assembly of the federal parliament and represents Nepal communist party. She also supports reservation for women in the civil service.
24. Phupu Lhamu Khatri:
Phupu Lhamu Khatri was born in 1996, October 6 in a remote area of Nepal. She is popular for the game talent that she plays physically. She is an Olympian player.
She represented Nepal in the Olympics held in 2016. She is a female judoka who won a gold medal for Nepal at the South Asian Games and went on to bag the female player of the year award at the NSJF pulsar sports award in the same year. She has been serving herself in the games since 2012 as a pro.
25. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa:
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was born on December 10, 1961, in the coldest place of Nepal called Solukhumbu. Since she was born, she always loved to climb the mountains. So she started climbing the mountains when she was 15 years old.
Her ancestors were Sherpa and sherpas are known as the best climbers in Nepal. So when she was 20, she decided to climb the world’s highest mountain, The Mt. Everest.
The Mount Everest is 8848 metres tall/high, and she is the first ever woman to climb the mountain. She was a brave woman. She feared nothing. But sadly, when she reached the summit and was heading down to her camping base, an avalanche came in the middle of nowhere, and she had to give up her life in that dangerous disaster.
Other mountaineers were dead too that day but she will always and forever remain as the first ever woman to climb the Everest and will be considered as the bravest of them all.
26. Gaurika Singh:
Gaurika Singh was born on November 2, 2002. She was born in Nepal. She is a famous swimmer. She has even played swimming in the Olympics and has won the medal for playing swimming.
She is popular for her backstroke, freestyle swimming and medley swimming. She also has two silver and three bronze medals for swimming at the 2016 South Asian Games.
27. Meera Rai:
Meera Rai was born in 1988, December 31 in Kathmandu. She is famous for her participation in many international competitions and has won numerous awards by winning the competitions. She was the winner of the 2017 national geographic adventurer of the year.
28. Mohna Ansari:
Mohna Ansari is another popular Muslim woman of Nepal. She was born in the terai region of Nepal. She was born in Nepalgunj. Due to the practice of not teaching girls education there, she managed to study and now is the member of the national human rights commission of Nepal. She has been working in this field since 2014.
She is popular for being the only Muslim attorney from the Muslim community. She worked as the commissioner at the national women commission of Nepal between the time year of 2010 and 2014.
29. Yogmaya Neupane:
Yogmaya Neupane is quiet too old as she isn’t alive because she died in 1941. She was born in 1867, which is a long time ago. She is popular for her religious activism.
She is a poet too based on the Bhojpuri folk genre. She is considered to be one of the only female poets in Nepal with her only published book full of poems. Thus, she was a religious leader, women’s rights activist and a poet.
30. Hisila Yami:
Hisila Yami was born on June 25, 1959. She is famous for her achievements in politics and architect. Currently, she is a central committee member of Naya Shakti Nepal and a former president of all the Nepal women’s association.
Thus people love her because of her immense giving in the politics and the field of architecture as well.
31. Raveena DS Joshi Shrestha:
Raveena DS Joshi Shrestha was born on April 27, 1970, in Nepal. She is a famous employer. She currently works in Mega bank Nepal. Shrestha has worked as the deputy chief executive officer of other famous banks as well. She is also popularly known as the most influential person of Nepal.
32. Bonita Sharma:
Bonita Sharma was born in Nepal. She had her education in London. She is currently working as an activist for nutrition. She runs social changemakers and innovators, and in 2019, she was listed as one of the BBC’s 100 women which is a proud moment for us Nepalese.
33. Nikita Chandak:
Nikita Chandak was born in 1995, September 5 in Nepal in Urlabari. She is known for her title as the miss Nepal 2017 titleholder and representing Nepal at the international platform.
She had her education in fashion technology and is currently working as both a fashion designer and a social worker. She is even an actor who has acted in a few films that are yet to be released soon.
34. Sampada Malla:
Sampada Malla was born on February 19, 1987. She is a famous scriptwriter of Nepal and is one of the females who can do so. She is a Nepalese media personality, writer and a filmmaker along with the background of a journalist.
Currently, she serves the board director and creative director of the Sarwanam Theatre group, the leading theatre group of Nepal. She has even filmed a movie called chianti which is quite Famous all over Nepal.
35. Bhagwati Chaudhary:
Bhagwati Chaudhary is popular for her microfinance company where she works as a chairman of the forwarded microfinance company. She is a famous entrepreneur in Nepal as well.
36. Sarojini Nepali:
Sarojini Nepali is the vice chair elect of the SAARC women council, where she serves the women council as her main priority. She is famous for her works that she has performed in the SAARC council along with her other fellow members. Thus, our country needs a woman like her.
37. Uma Gurung:
Uma Gurung is popular for her organization called Safalta Shikshya Sadan, where she serves the people to be successful and independent. She is the co-founder of the baby life home as well, where she serves the babies infants with daily nutrition and basic facilities.
38. Aditi Budhathoki:
Aditi Budhathoki was born on June 28, 1996, in Nepal. She is popular for her modelling and acting career. She works for both the India and Nepal corporation. She currently lives in Nepal, but she often India the most as it is a part of her work.
She has acted on her first ever movie called Kri, which hit millions of budget in Nepal. She is also famous for her Beauty. Thus she is proud to be an actress and a model.
39. Jassita Gurung:
Jassita Gurunge was born on May 26, 1996. She was born in Nepal, but she grew up in the UK with her parents. She is famous for her acting in the Nepali movie called Lilly billy. She is also a model.
The times has enlisted Jassita Gurung as one of the most desired women of all time. She is the first ever Nepali to ever do so. She is very beautiful girl and has already won many people’s heart.
40. Renasha Bantawa Rai:
Renasha Bantawa Rai is well known for her directing skills and her choreography skills in the Nepalese movie industry. She had her first movie directed called Intu Mintu London ma where the movie earned more than billions.
She is popular for her amazing dance choreography as well, and she has taught many big actors of Nepal in dancing career.
Author: Mazida Banu