Ms. Anuradha Koirala is the Founder and Executive Director of Maiti Nepal.
A former English teacher, Ms. Koirala started Maiti Nepal in a small house in Kathmandu with her own savings. Today she is a widely recognized activist and lecturer who has dedicated her life to combating the sexual exploitation of women and children.
Her work is often dangerous and requires great personal sacrifice.
The criminal elements that “deliver” young girls are a ruthless enemy and have political connections at the highest levels in India and Nepal. Maiti Nepal’s main office in Kathmandu has been destroyed twice and Maiti workers must travel with a bodyguard when overseeing rescue missions in India.
Her commitment has been an inspiration to her largely volunteer staff. Most of the workers are rescued girls and young women who are healthy enough to work.
“They need little incentive from me,” states Ms Koirala. “They are working to help their sisters and they know the horror of the victims. Society rejects me and my girls, but they are the most important thing in my life.”
Anuradha Koirala at the Nyisztor gallery in Perth, surrounded by Clifford Yudelman’s “Reflections on Nepal” photography exhibition.