Human rights activist Anuradha Koirala is the founder and director of Maiti Nepal, a not-for-profit organization with the aim of preventing human trafficking, forced prostitution, and slavery, and providing services for both children and women who have endured untold pain and suffering, often in silence. Maiti Nepal now operates three prevention homes, nine transit homes, two hospices, and a high school, along with local and international campaigns to end human trafficking.
Anuradha Koirala has rescued more than 20,000 women and children, and is credited with preventing more than 45,000 young people from being trafficked. She has led change in her community by personally raiding brothels, patrolling parts of the India-Nepal border, and providing serves and shelter to those in need. The documentary The Day My God Died (2003) describes the important and sometimes dangerous work Anuradha Koirala and Maiti Nepal do for the community.
Ms. Koirala has received 30 national and international awards in recognition of her courageous acts and lifetime achievement to further the cause of children’s and human rights, including: the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award (2006), the German unifem Prize (2007), and the Queen Sofia Silver Medal Award (2007). In 2010, she was selected as CNN’s Hero of the Year. As a result of her efforts, the Government of Nepal recognized September 5 as Anti-trafficking Day, and in 2002, she served as Assistant Minister of Women’s affairs and Social Welfare.
--bio from Sol Kanee Lecture program, October 2013
The 2013 Sol Kanee Lecture for Peace and Justice took place Wednesday, October 2, 2013.
Ms. Anuradha Koirala presented on the topic of "Maiti Nepal's Initiatives against Human Trafficking: A Model of Peacebuilding."
Canadian Centre for Child Protection