14 April 1949 (age 69)|
|Political party||Nepali congress|
|Spouse(s)||Dinesh Prasad Koirala (Separated)or (divorce)|
|Parents||Colonel Pratap Singh Gurung and Laxmi Gurung|
|Occupation||Social activist and Provincial Governor|
Anuradha Koirala (born 14 April 1949) 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. She is appointed as 1st Women Governor of Province No. 3 on 17 January 2018 by Government of Nepal.
Currently, Maiti Nepal operates a rehabilitation home in Kathmandu, as well as transit homes at the Indo-Nepal border towns, preventative homes in the countryside, and an academy in Kathmandu. As the name suggests, Maiti Nepal ("maiti" means "mother's home" in Nepali) has been a refuge for women rescued from the brothels in India. The women can stay in the homes run by Maiti Nepal until they are able to return to their homes, or if not accepted by their parents and society, they may stay until they become able to live on their own. Between 1993 and 2011, she and her organization have helped rescue and rehabilitate more than 12,000 women and girls.
Maiti Nepal also works on reuniting the rescued women with their families, patrolling Indo-Nepal border with police and other law enforcement authorities and also rescuing trafficked women from the brothels in India with the help of Indian authorities.
Awards & Recognition
Anuradha Koirala received the Best Social Worker of the Year Award (Nepal) in 1998, Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu Medal (Nepal) in 1999, Trishaktipatta Award in 2002, the Courage of Conscience Award from The Peace Abbey Foundation in 2006, German UNIFEM Prize in 2007 and Queen Sofia Silver Medal Award in 2007.
Anuradha was presented with the CNN Heroes Award 2010 in Los Angeles, California. She was introduced by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher on the stage. She received USD 100,000 to continue her work with Maiti Nepal, in addition to USD 25,000 as a token of appreciation from CNN.
- Social worker
- People of Nepal
- Pushpa Basnet
- Godawari vidhya Mandir
- Rangu Souriya
- Dr. Govinda Subba Limbu
- Ratneshwar Lal Kayastha
- Durga Keshar Khanal
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- "India honours 67-year-old Nepali woman who freed 45,000 girls from sexual slavery". 2017-01-27.