Officially, women cannot become monks in Thailand – the biggest Buddhist country in the world. They are refused all the rights and benefits that male monks are entitled to and face legal problems when trying to get their ordination. They exist in the community, help the local people, but stay invisible for the country. Feeling of the solitude fight for equal rights, remoteness, and seclusion, but also peaceful steady work is present among the few first female monks living at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Thailand’s first temple for female monks.
Author: Travel, street and lifestyle photographer.