Maiti Nepal

Maiti Nepal was started by a handful of conscious professionals like teachers, journalists, and social workers committed towards combating the social crimes like domestic violence, girl trafficking, child prostitution, child labor and various forms of female exploitation. There is no literal translation but “Maiti” refers to a girl’s real family. Maiti Nepal began in 1993 as a home to all women and girls–whether married or not–who are exploited, their rights grossly violated and neglected by family and society.

Although Maiti’s special focus has always been on preventing trafficking for forced prostitution, rescuing flesh trade victims and rehabilitating them, it also actively works to find justice for the victimized lot of girls and women by engaging in criminal investigation and waging legal battles against the criminals. It has highlighted the trafficking issue with its strong advocacy from the local to national and international levels.

Founder Anuradha Koiralar began Maiti Nepal with the aim of providing services for both children and women who have endured untold pain and suffering, often in silence. Children, girls and women were being trafficked within and from Nepal for commercial sexual exploitaion. She set up Maiti Nepal with a vow to put an end to this heinous crime.

Ms. Koiralarhe was declared as CNN Hero of the year through global on line voting . Her victory as a CNN Hero is a pride and honour to the nation itself.

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