Buddhist women leaders awarded

The Rising Nepal, March 15, 2005

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Twenty Buddhist women leaders including Stela Tamang from Nepal have been awarded with the ?Outstanding Women in Buddhism Award? on the occasion of the 95th ?United Nations International Women?s Day? on March 7 at a programme in Bangkok for their contribution to world peace.

The award was presented to Tamang for her contribution to peace and justice at the national and international level. Tamang, the founder principal of Bhrikuti Madhyamik Vidyalaya has been actively involved in the empowerment of women and children, a press statement of Alternative Knowledge and Development Centre (AKDC) said.

Speaking at the programme Stela Tamang said that the future of the human beings hinges largely on the type and quality of education they receive.

But, it is necessary to redefine the present education system where the human values and norms have been neglected, she told the programme.

The role of women was important in the present time of crisis in the world because they had the capacity to translate the negative thinking into positive, she said.