Documentary films have been made about Nepal's female guerrillas, and photographs of them handling assault rifles have been printed internationally. They formed one-third of the PLA, often fighting on the frontlines. In some battles female guerrillas showed greater bravery, and many were killed in action.
Maoist women raised arms against injustice, but are now themselves victims of domestic violence. Khima Dangi (pictured with her daughter Garima, right) was wounded during the war, and fought next to her husband, Lokendra BC. But after the war, Lokendra pressured her to agree to a divorce so that he could remarry.
Sons of Maoist leaders Pushpa Kamal Dahal and CP Gajurel have both seen their wartime arranged marriages fall apart. Their wives have been treated shabbily, while they go on under party protection.
More than half the sky, EDITORIAL
Love in a time of war, ARUNA RAYAMAJHI
Wartime marriages between Maoists don't withstand the pressures of peace
Womanpower stays home to teach, as manpower migrates, WILKO VERBAKEL in SINDHUPALCHOK
"I wanted to murder whoever did this to my daughter", DEWAN RAI