Maiti Nepal, for the rights and protection of females
An effort of protecting and saving Nepali girls and women from crimes like domestic violence, trafficking for flesh trade, child prostitution, child labor and various forms of exploitation and torture is what we know as the works of Maiti Nepal. The organization was created in order to help and reintegrate the victims of above mentioned sufferings.
In the year 1993, a group of socially committed professionals like teachers, journalists and social workers in order to fight against all the social evils inflicted upon our females together formed Maiti Nepal. It has always given major priority on preventing trafficking for forced prostitution, rescuing flesh trade victims and rehabilitating them. It actively works to find justice for the victimized girls and women by investigating the criminals and waging legal battles against the criminals and with its strong advocacy it has highlighted the issue of trafficking from local to national as well as international level. The head or the chairperson of the organization, Anuradha Koirala (also awarded the CNN Hero 2010) has always actively and dedicatedly worked in protecting and fighting for the rights of these victims.
Maiti refers to a girl’s family where she was born. In Nepal, the girl has no right over her parents or their property after marriage, however, Maiti Nepal is home to all girls and women who are exploited and whose rights are violated or neglected by family and society, whether they are married or not. Hence, to protect the rights of these women and girls, Maiti Nepal was established.
It has always actively worked for rescuing girls forced into prostitution and helping them to find economic alternatives. It also helps them rehabilitate and reintegrate into the society once again, although it is difficult for the former prostitutes, a major challenge taken by the organization. It provides them counseling, non-formal education on health, laws, basic reading and writing and also trains them to develop income-generating skills and shelter until they become self-dependent. Its major target has always been the protection of sexually abused girls, abandoned children, potential victims of trafficking, destitute women, prisoner’s children, returnees from Indian brothels, girls and children infected with HIV and Hepatitis B and intercepted girls.
Maiti Nepal got international recognition even more after Anuradha Koirala was awarded CNN Hero 2010 award. The organization provides programs like rehabilitation and reintegration, prevention and advocacy, legal assistance, HIV programs, child rights need based programs and information resource and documentation services. There are around 11 transit homes at various places in Nepal (especially in the Nepal-India border area) where the girls/women are sheltered after their rescue and before bringing them back to the head office at Pingalsthan in Kathmandu. There are also around four rehabilitation homes at various places in Nepal two of them being in Kathmandu and Itahari respectively.
For more details and providing help, contact:
83-Maiti Marg, Pingalsthan, Gaushala
P.O. Box 9599, Kathmandu, Nepal
For providing any information or reporting against any sort of above mentioned criminal activities, you can also call their toll free number: 16600199999.