What actions are you taking to promote and protect the health and rights of women and young people worldwide?
I am engaged in activism through community organizing for social change. I have been with a local youth club for the past four years, and have been involved in social activism in the form of advocating for child’s rights, equal rights for People Living with HIV/AIDS, organizing peaceful rallies, environment conservation, and many more. I have conducted several health camps in peri-urban areas that have benefitted hundreds of people. I regularly conduct blood donation camps through my clubs, and have organized several awareness programs on sexual and reproductive health and HIV and AIDS.
Of late, I am working with an organization called Raksha Nepal that is working actively for the empowerment of sexually abused women and for the rehabilitation of those women who have been forced into commercial sex and human trade. It especially works with the sexually exploited women and girls working at dance bars, cabin restaurants, and massage parlors among others. I am specifically working on the organization’s newsletter that has been funded by the Canadian Cooperation Office (CCO). It is a six-month long project, and the stories of these women will reach far and wide, both nationally and internationally.
I believe that my writing is also my activism. I am a correspondent for World Pulse, a media enterprise covering global issues through the eyes of women. I joined World Pulse as a trainee of the Voices of Our Future (VOF) Correspondents Program which harnessed the power of web 2.0 to broadcast social change news from the front lines of some of the most forgotten regions in the world. I am also one of the moderators of the Safe World Campaign initiated by Women for a change. Additionally, I am a writer and editor for an e-magazine called Voices, Expressions, and Tales (VENT), an alternative grassroots journalism forum, which trains and mentors citizen reporters, emerging journalists and bloggers, and acts as a platform for youth activists, citizens and artists to voice-out and express their craft.
I mostly write about youth, environment, women, and human rights. When I meet people, delve into their lives, and report them, I am advocating for their rights, their issues and their concerns. Making the voices of the voiceless reach a wide audience is immensely satisfying for me, and gives me a hope for a better future for them.
What is your vision of lasting change for yourself and for the world's young people?
I visualize a world where basic services like education and health are accessible to all, regardless of gender, class, caste, location, and any other hierarchies developed by human beings.
If you could tell world leaders one thing, what would it be?
It is important that with your position and influence, you focus your energies and attention in areas that are most important to the world at large.