I believe officially they can NOT be considered Nuns as by Theravada rules as they can not be ordained as Monks
The reason us that a female can only be ordained by another female .... and the last truelly ordained female Nun odained by Theravada rules died some years ago .... so no one is left to ordain another female by those rules.
Now I am aware that other Theravada nuns have been ordained outside of Thailand, but for the reasons I mentioned above they are not recognised by the Theravada Sangha here in Thailand.
I am not a Theravada Buddhist anyhow, and I am merely statimg what my understanding of the Theravada rules are.
If I am wromg, someone please correct me.
Shame on you Shakyamuni for setting the precedent of leaving home.
Did you think it was not there--
in your wife's lovely face
in your baby's laughter?
Did you think you had to go elsewhere (simply) to find it?
from - Judyth Collin
The Layman's Lament
From What Book, 1998, p. 52
Edited by Gary Gach