Padma could have kept quiet. Many women in her small community in Nepal do.
Fair enough – they are usually working very hard. Their husbands mostly live abroad to earn extra money so they have sole responsibility for their children, livestock and homes.
Many also work on tea plantations, earning as little as £1.20 a day for their labour – less than the cost of a mother’s day card in the UK.
Padma makes ends meet for herself, her son and daughter by raising two goats, two cows and seven chickens on a small piece of land.
But she spoke up because, on top of all of this, her home and land are threatened by regular flooding. So are most houses in her village, which lies in a flood plain near the Mechi River in Nepal’s Terai region.