The notion that caregiving jobs are women’s work is outdated. Nevertheless, male nurses remain hard to find, no matter where in the world. According to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), in 2023 around 11% of nurses working in the UK identified as male. In South Asia, and although there are no exact figures, this number is likely to be considerably smaller.

This week, we invited a young group of male nurses to come to our Kathmandu office, so we could hear about why they chose this caregiving profession, what challenges have they encountered along the way, and how we can work towards more progressive attitudes towards gender roles in Nepal, South Asia, and across the world.

An absolute pleasure to hear their stories and bounce ideas off on how we can build a brighter future for nurses, and a more inclusive and less judgemental society for all.