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A Revolutionary Woman of Nepal: The Story of Uma Bhujel

Posted by hetty7 on March 7, 2011

Women Maoist supporters in Nepal. The revolutions in Nepal and India are challenging old systems of oppression and have the potential of liberating millions of women and children in that process.


“On December 26th 2000, Uma and four other women Maoists discussed about the way how to break out of prison while basking in the sun in a courtyard of Gorkha jail.  It was 111th anniversary of Mao Tse-tung’s birthday.

“On this special day the five women reached a conclusion that they would by any means escape from there by making a tunnel connecting to outside of the wall, which was the only way left for them after two failed trials of escaping.”

Uma Bhujel was born on October 21, 1979, in Hansapur VDC of Gorkha district. She is now a member of Nepal’s Constituent Assembly, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Vice President of the Young Communist League, Former Brigade Commissar of the People’s Liberation Army.

This is the story of the life of her life.

The story begins during the People’s War in Nepal in December 2000.  Uma and four Maoist women are discussing how to break out of the Gorkha prison.

March 8th is International Women’s Day, the worldwide celebration of women’s struggle for emancipation.  As part of our participation in International Women’s Day, this website will be featuring the inspiring contributions of women.

This account is from the website managed by Working Women Journalists (WWJ), an organization of professional women journalists in Nepal.

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by Kiyoko Ogura.

On December 26th 2000, Uma and four other women Maoists discussed about the way how to break out of prison while basking in the sun in a courtyard of Gorkha jail.  It was 111th anniversary of Mao Tse-tung’s birthday. On this special day the five women reached a conclusion that they would by any means escape from there by making a tunnel connecting to outside of the wall, which was the only way left for them after two failed trials of escaping.

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