Meet Padma Shri Anuradha Koirala, Who Has Rescued Over 12,000 Girls From Sex Trafficking.
23 May 2017
Anuradha Koirala is a Nepalese social activist and the founder and director of Maiti Nepal – a non-profit organization in Nepal, dedicated to helping victims of sex trafficking.
Read her courageous story here.
Being born on 14th April 1949 and schooled at Kalimpong in present day West Bengal, Anuradha Koirala is fondly referred to as Dijju, meaning elder sister in Nepali. She was born to Colonel Pratap Singh Gurung and Laxmi Gurung.
Mother Teresa has always been her largest source of inspiration and so she spent more than 20 years of her life teaching children at various schools around Kathmandu. She received immense satisfaction in teaching yet she felt something greater must be accomplished.
In 1993, Anuradha founded Maiti Nepal with the aim of providing services for both children and women who have endured untold pain and suffering in silence as they were being trafficked within and from Nepal for commercial sexual exploitation. Since then, she has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from being exploited.
Anuradha rescued over 12,000 girls from sex trafficking and has prevented more than 45,000 women and children from being trafficked across the Indian-Nepal border. For those who are not accepted by their families, Anuradha gives shelter to them and also to the women who were forced into prostitution and contracted HIV/AIDS. In addition, psychological counselling is also given to the victims of the trafficking.
She has been helped by many of those who she rescued in the first place and they all together go from village to village in order to raise awareness and foster greater acceptance.
They even conduct a wide range of activities, community sensitization programs, rescue operations, apprehending traffickers, providing legal support, women empowerment programs, training, providing anti-retro viral therapy (ART) to children and women infected by HIV.
Her organisation runs three prevention homes, eleven transit homes, two hospices and a formal school. With quiet persistence and determination, she is carrying on with her mission. She loves spending time with children and they say they get the warmth of parents from her.
Till date, she has been awarded 38 national and international awards including the German UNIFEM Prize 2007, Queen Sofia Silver Medal Award 2007, The Peace Abbey, and Courage of Conscience 2006 in recognition of her courageous acts and achievements furthering the cause of children’s and women’s rights.
“Join me to create a society free of trafficking, we need to do this for all our daughters” she urged the audience present when she received the CNN Hero Of The Year Award in 2010. She has also recently been conferred the Padma Shri.
Anuradha Koirala is Woman Of Courage because she is self-motivated person relishing new and dynamic challenges with a leadership role in a team environment or independently. Her accomplishments are a result of her struggle and compassion to fight the social evil of human trafficking.
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