Anuradha Koirala, also known as Dijju, was born in Nepal on 14 April 1949 to mother Laxmi Devi Gurung and father Col. Pratap Singh Gurung. She is one of the most well-known Nepalese social activists in India and the founder of Maiti Nepal, which began in 1993.
She is claimed to have developed an interest in social work while attending St. Joseph Convent School in Kalimpong, where she watched the activities of the school’s Mother and sisters. Mother Teresa’s work and ideas have always motivated her. So, after more than 20 years of teaching in several schools in Kathmandu, she eventually heeded her higher calling and started Maiti Nepal.
A Safe Haven
Maiti Nepal began by establishing a tiny home to provide a haven for females rescued from brothels. Survivors of sex trafficking are frequently shunned by family and friends. As a result, Maiti Nepal began not just rescuing but also rehabilitating exploited children and girls. Women can remain at home for as long as they are capable of leading independent lives.
Today, the organization’s activities include awareness sessions, community sensitization programmes, rescue operations, apprehending traffickers, providing legal assistance to the poor, women empowerment programmes, and administering antiretroviral therapy to HIV-positive children and women, among other things.
The government of Nepal has designated September 5th as Anti-Trafficking Day in honour of Anuradha Koirala’s efforts. In recognition of her services, Ms Koirala was recognised as a former Assistant State Minister of Women, Children, and Social Welfare. She was recently nominated by the Nepalese government as the first woman governor of Province No. 3.
Stop Selling Our Girls, her TEDx lecture is both empowering and educational on the current state of our society. She is still working for this important cause at the age of 70, and she has no plans to stop anytime soon! In her 20-year journey, she has rescued 12,000 females.