Laxmi Tamang

Regional Board Member – Southeast Asia

Laxmi Tamang was elected to be the Southeast Asia Regional Board Member in June 2023. As a Regional Board Member, Laxmi is responsible for sharing experiences from her region and steering the Board in meeting its strategic and governance responsibilities together with the other Board members. The Regional Board Member is a spokesperson for ICM in regional strategic partnerships and at national meetings and events for ICM’s member associations in the region.

Laxmi is one of the co-founders of the Midwifery Society of Nepal (established in 2010), and a nurse-led stand-alone birthing centre established in 2006. With over 25 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights, she has worked in clinical, community, and academic settings.

Laxmi played a pivotal role in shaping competency guidelines for midwives’ licensure exams during her time at the Nepal Nursing Council. She has served on the boards of women-led organizations like Beyond Beijing Committee Nepal and the Safe Motherhood Network Federation. Laxmi also co-founded the Community Leadership Nepal Foundation, dedicated to empowering girls and women in trafficked, marginalized rural areas.

Laxmi holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of New South Wales in Australia, and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Sydney.

Laxmi’s passion lies in midwifery, as she believes it empowers women from the moment of conception to the end of life. Her work with rural and remote Nepalese women facing suppression and oppression has inspired her to contribute to the field of midwifery and empower women from the very beginning.

Based in: Nepal
Midwives’ Association: Midwifery Society of Nepal
Languages: Nepali, Hindi, English