Bidya Devi Bhandari

June 19, 1961

Family Status:   

Late husband Madan Bhandari (June 27, 1952-May 16, 1993)

Two daughters


Office of the President
Shital Niwas
Maharajgunj, Kathmandu.
Tel No.: 00977-1- 4418011, 4416056
Fax: 00977-1-4416495


Professional Accomplishments:

  • Elected second President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, 2015
  • Minister for Defence (First Woman) 2009-2011
  • Elected Vice-Chairperson, Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist), 2007
  • Elected Member of Parliament, 1999
  • Minister for Environment and Population, 1997
  • Elected Central Committee Member, Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist), 1997
  • Elected Chairperson, All Nepal Women’s Association, 1997
  • Chairperson, General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (Women’s Wing), 1993-1997
  • Elected Member of Parliament, 1994
  • Politically active since her student days
  • Became active in mass politics after the death of her husband.


Areas of Interest:

Champion of multiparty democracy with sovereign rights vested in the people, an activist of gender equality and an advocate of environmental protection and heritage conservation.