Activist Anuradha Koirala Nominated for Roland Berger Human Dignity Award
Anuradha Koirala is the Founder and Executive Director of Maiti Nepal. Born in Nepal and 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 accomplishments have been recognized through numerous awards. 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.
One day we will really stop it, the trafficking will end.
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.” She adds, “Society rejects me and my girls, but they are the most important thing in my life.”
On November 6, 2013, Ms. Koirala visited the Wheelock College campus to meet with students for a discussion and screening of her film The Day My God Died. That evening she was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Passion for Action Leadership Award Dinner. Passion for Action Leadership Award Dinner aims to raise the profile of Wheelock in the Boston community while celebrating the spirit of the College through our students and those who support our mission. With the funds raised through the inaugural event, the College created the Passion for Action Scholarship Program for outstanding first-year Wheelock students from Greater Boston.
We recently learned that Ms. Koirala has been nominated for The Roland Berger Human Dignity Award. This award is endowed with EUR 1 million and conferred annually in Berlin. Since 2008, Roland Berger Foundation has honored individuals and organizations that have shown outstanding commitment to promoting human dignity.
Voting for the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award 2014 closes December 10, 2013, Human Rights Day.