Thailand's female monks fight for recognition

'Bhikkhunis' and their monasteries are not legally recognised by Thailand's Buddhist leadership - or by the government - and do not enjoy state funding and other support the country's 300,000 male monks are granted.

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    Thailand's female monks, known in Buddhist scripture as bhikkhunis, are defying a 90-year-old ban.

    They want to be ordained as Buddhist monks and their actions are gaining popularity.

    Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler reports from Bangkok.


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