A Nepali organisation has received prestigious French Republic Human Rights Award.
Shakti Samuha, a non-government organisation working for trafficking survivors, has bagged the award, French Embassy in Kathmandu said in a press statement today.
“The French Embassy in Kathmandu is honoured to present French Republic Human Rights Award to Shakti Samuha, the first organisation in Nepal to be established and run by survivors of trafficking,” read the statement.
Earlier, Nepali human rights defender Shyam Sah from Janakpur had received the very first French Republic Human Rights Award in January 2012.
The National Advisory Commission on Human Rights of France selects winners of the award from across the world.
This year, the Commission selected Shakti Samuha for its outstanding work and has given a special mention award “Liberté-Egalité-Fraternité”, the Embassy said.
The award has been provided for the programme ‘Learn, Understand, Act,’ being jointly run by Samuha and a French NGO Planète Enfants. The prgramme aims to strengthen capacities of the communities and district authorities to prevent violence against women and children through literacy classes, awareness-raising and legal support to survivors of violence, according to the Embassy.
Shakti Samuha has been organising and empowering vulnerable women and returning trafficking survivors by providing shelter, legal aid, vocational training and counselling. It has set up women protection committees and adolescent groups in 11 districts of Nepal in order to prevent trafficking and violence against women.