Educate the Children celebrated International Women's Day in Dolakha, Nepal on 8 March 2013. An estimated 800 women attended, along with numerous children and guests. Women marched with their ETC women's groups from their home villages to the central event venue. Festivities included dancing, speeches and poetry, and a play about how domestic violence harms everyone.

The weather was fine that day, and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to take a break from the daily routine and spend time with friends and neighbors.

Only five short years ago, most of these women were illiterate and unable to earn more than a few cents a day (at best) by working in other people's fields. Today, they can read and write; they are comfortable handling money and speaking up for themselves; and they can earn more money with which to improve their own lives and those of their families. They are entrepreneurs and community leaders. They have confidence and hope. We are so proud of them!

Below is a slideshow of some of the photos from the event. Click on the text balloon at the lower left-hand corner of the slideshow screen to turn captions on or off. (Not all photos have captions.)