Swiss Disability And Development Consortium


Swiss Disability and
Development Consortium

My Lens My Reality features the stories of ten women with disabilities in Nepal. Their portraits are accompanied by photographs they took themselves. Through these, they tell their stories and portray barriers and enablers for their inclusion in Nepali society. Faced with multiple layers of discrimination as women, with a disability, from a minority group, or from a poor family, they struggle to lead dignified lives. The situation and needs of women with disabilities in Nepal are under-researched, under-estimated and under-recognized. Their stories show that with access, knowledge, support and social awareness, women with disabilities can meaningfully participate in all spheres of life and contribute to society. 

The Photovoice method empowers participants to decide what is most important to them and how they want to tell their story. It provides an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of the participants. This project aims to change perspectives amongst the public and decision makers and promote an inclusive society for all of us. 

This exhibition is a collaborative project based on a Photovoice study carried out by the University of Bern. It has been put together by the Swiss Disability and Development Consortium, in collaboration with four Nepali organizations of persons with disabilities: the Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA), the National Indigenous Disabled Women Association Nepal (NIDWAN), the Blind Women Association Nepal (BWAN) and KOSHISH. The portraits were taken by Kishor Sharma from the CBM Global Nepal Country Team. 

Access the Photovoice study and more information here.

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Deu Kumari

Due to her disability, Deu Kumari was deprived a basic education. With the support of a local organization of persons with disabilities, she received skill training. She is now a master trainer in tailoring. She says that if women with disabilities are given the opportunity, they can live independently, support their family and other people too. Deu Kumari is married with three children.

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Portrait of Deu Kumari looking seriously into the camera. She wears her hair tied back, small earrings, a nose piercing and a bindi. Deu Kumari is wearing a pink, blue and black scarf and a yellow top.
Portrait of Ganga. The young woman is wearing a side high ponytail. She has a nose piercing, is wearing a purple sports shirt and a yellow hair tie.


Discrimination based on gender, disability, age, perception and language affects Ganga’s daily life. Through social entrepreneurship, she is fighting against these societal challenges and is encouraging other women with disabilities to gain confidence.

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For Sahida, it is the little things that bring true happiness and an accomplished life. Because of her poor economic status, challenged inter-caste marriage and disability, she was cast out from her family. But she has learned to stay happy and cherish every moment of her life.

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Portrait of Sahida. She is an older woman. She has white hair and dark brown skin. She is wearing a blue and white checkered scarf around her head and draped around her shoulders. She has a gold nose piercing.
Portrait of Kamala. She has tied back her dark curls. She wears a bindi on her forehead, a nose piercing and lipstick. Her red dress has a floral pattern.


The indigenous traditional way of life is important to Kamala. But as a woman with a disability from a marginalized community, it is increasingly difficult for her to cope in society. With the support of local organizations of persons with disabilities, she is empowering herself to become financially independent.

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Sunita L.

As a woman with a psychosocial disability, Sunita L. is now raising awareness at the grassroots level about prioritizing mental health as much as we prioritize our physical health. She is advocating for her rights and the rights of other members of her self-help group.

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Portrait of Sunita L. She has long black hair. She has a nose piercing, earring and a bindi on her forehead. She is wearing a long necklace with red and yellow stones. She is also wearing a red top with a red cardigan on top.
Portrait of Rashmi. Her hair is tied back, and her eyes are made up with kohl. She wears long silver earrings and a brown sweater.


Rashmi is a deaf female artist. Her art evokes her own culture, language and community as a deaf woman. Through her art, Rashmi wants to raise the voice of people who are socially, physically, culturally, and politically disadvantaged. She wants to encourage them to get ahead in their lives by doing something better.

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Sunita N.

Being fully blind, Sunita N. faces many challenges in her day-to-day life. The roads and buildings are not accessible. Likewise, there is no facility for voice messages in zebra crossings or public bus stops, which have made her life very difficult. She wants the government to act on inclusion.

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Portrait of Sunita N. She looks young and has long black hair tied back into a ponytail. She is wearing round sunglasses with purple-colored glasses and a silver frame. She is wearing a black leather jacket.
Portrait of Rupa. She is slightly overweight with medium long hair. Her hair is darker on top and died a bit lighter on the bottom. She is wearing glasses on the top of her head. She has a nose piercing and is wearing light-colored lipstick. She is wearing a silver necklace. She is also wearing a blue V-shaped top with a yellow and white flower pattern. On top of it, she is wearing a black cardigan.


Having a physical disability is not Rupa’s choice, but she considers it her power. After going through many rejections and much distress, she finally found her way. With the help of her mother, she started a small business selling ‘achar’ (Nepali pickles). She proved to herself that her positive attitude is much stronger than her disability.

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Babita has a psychosocial disability. She could not continue her education due to a variety of barriers. With the support from her family, she is now involved in tailoring and sustaining her life.

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Portrait of Babita. Her hair drapes to the front of her shoulders. She is smiling, showing her white teeth. She has a small, silver nose piercing and is wearing a red jacket this is closed all the way to the top.
Portrait of Sumitra. She has long, dark hair, which is slightly pulled back. She is wearing a dark blue top with olive and light-green-colored leaves on it. The color of two her eyes are slightly different.


Sumitra has recently become blind due to glaucoma. Her blindness has made her financially dependent on her family. Her medication is expensive. She wants the government to provide more employment opportunities to blind people like her.

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