Women Leaders


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Uma Adhikari
Politician from Parbat district. Member of Nepali Congress. She began her career as member and activist of Nepal Students Union. She was elected Member to House of Representatives (1991) from Parbat-2. She is the President of Rural Women's Development Centre of Nepal.

Speech: Involving youth and women in the electoral process: Nepal Experience

Arzu Rana-Deuba, Ph.D.
Dr. Arzu Rana-Deuba is the President of SAATHI, a non-governmental organization working in the area of violence against girls and women in Nepal. She is also the Executive Director of SAMANTA Institute for Social and Gender Issues, a non-governmental organization working mainly in research and training on multi-sectored issues pertaining to gender. She is also the founder and chairperson of Rural Women's Development and Unity Centre, which has established a low-risk birthing center in far-western Nepal. The organization advocates for the reproductive health and rights for women. She has published a number of articles on development, political empowerment of women and violence against women in Nepal.

More about Rana-Deuba on PLANetWIRE profile

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Kamala Pant
She is the present Minister of State for Women, Children and Social Welfare. Read her speech at the 23rd Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly "Women 2000: Gender equality, development and peace for the 21st century."

Contact her at: Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare
Tel. 977-1-423125; 977-1-418849

Prativa Subedi 
She is from Tribhuvan University, is the Founder and Chairperson of The Women's Awareness Center in Kathmandu and is an executive member of Women's Security Pressure Group. A human rights activist an economist, Ms. Subedi is helping women break the cycle of poverty by creating informal savings and credit activities and co-operatives. She is the author of Nepali Women Rising which deals with the problems of injustice, oppression, and exploitation of women in Nepal.


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