Nepal’s civil war ended nearly 10 years ago and its effects are still very visible, especially in terms of women’s rights. But They Can’t Break Stones shows the effect the war has had on women, and how women’s lives are shaped by political instability and by cultural norms that place them in domestic roles.
We meet Radha Paudel, an activist working to educate women about their rights, and see her fighting chaupadi– an illegal tradition which considers women impure when menstruating and can mean they are banished to a tiny shed when on their periods. We also see women who are working for their independence, training to be mountain guides at an all-female training centre in Pokhara. A fascinating insight into women’s rights in Nepal.