Executive Committee and Founding Members

Ms. Lily Thapa (Chairperson)

Lily Thapa is the founding chairperson of Women for Human Rights (WHR) that has been working for the social, political, economic and legal rights of single women in Nepal and in South Asia for past 20 years. She is the founding member of Sankalpa and currently serving a Detail


Ms. Stella Tamang (Senior Vice Chairperson)

Stella Tamang is the founder of Nepal Tamang Women Ghedung, founding chair and adviser of the National Indigenous Women’s Federation of Nepal (NIWF) and also the founder-principal of Bhrikuti Secondary School. She is one of the founders of Sankalpa and is an e Detail


Ms. Sangeeta Lama (Vice-Chairperson)

A freelance journalist since 2007, Sangeeta Lama has contributed her writing in various newspapers and journals. She has also been actively involved in organisations advocating for women’s rights and is the founding president of Working Women Journalists (WWJ) and serve Detail


Ms. Shobha Basnet (General Secretary)

Shobha Basnet is the chairperson of Nagarik Awaj and also the general secretary of Sankalpa. One of the founders of Sankalpa, she has served for issues such as gender equality and women’s empowerment for many years. Through this position, she works with policy makers&nb Detail


Ms. Suni Lama (Treasurer)

A social activist since 1985, Suni Lama was a general secretary of National Indigenous Women’s Federation (NIWF) and is a treasurer of Sankalpa. She has been working with indigenous women who face challenges and left behind due to their origins. As a social activis Detail


Ms. Usha Rawot (Secretary)

With the establishment of Gramin Mahila Kalyan Sewa Kendra (GMKSK), an organisation focused on rural women’s human rights issues, Usha Rawat has been an active social activist for the last 17 years. She serves as the general secretary of Centre for Women and Politics (C Detail


Durga Sob Immediate Past President

Durga Sob is the founding president of Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) and was the former chair of Sankalpa and served two-terms. A lifelong advocate for the rights of Dalit and women, she has served as the former president of Dalit NGO Federation and is also one of the board of directors of the Detail


Dr. Chhatra Amatya (Executive Board Member)

A medical doctor by profession and a specialist on gender and health, specifically sexual and reproductive health, Dr. Chhatra Amatya is one of the founding members and currently a board member of Sankalpa. She is also the trustee and vice-chairperson of Nagarik Aawaz. With Detail


Ms. Mohamadi Siddique (Executive Board Member)

With a vision to provide awareness and relief to women suffering from domestic violence and social injustice, Mohammadi Siddiqui founded Fatima Foundation, Nepal in 2003. Her efforts and commitments to empower Muslim and Madheshi women led to her position as a Cons Detail


Dr. Sumitra Manandhar Gurung (Executive Board Member)

Dr. Sumitra Manandhar Gurung is the chairperson of National Coalition against Racial Descrimination (NCARD) and also the founding member and CEO of Mahila Sahayatra Microfinance Bittiya Sanstha Ltd. As a founding member and executive board member of Sankalpa, Dr. G Detail


Ms. Maimoona Siddique (Executive Board Member)

Maimoona Siddiqui, the Vice President of Fatima Foundation, Nepal and a board member of Sankalpa has been working for ensuring social justice for Muslim women since 1996. A housewife, who herself broke social and cultural barriers by not confining herself to the ho Detail


Dr. Madhuri Singh (Executive Board Member )

A well-known name in the Women’s Rights movement in Nepal, Madhuri Singh is the founder of Saathi, a pioneer organisation to redress the issues of violence against women (VAW) and girls, and through this NGO, has helped establish and operate the first shelter for victim Detail


Ms. Nirmala Dhital (Executive Board Member )

She is the Chairperson of Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA), Vice-chair of Nepal Amputee Association (NAA), Executive board member of Kritika Women’s Campaign for Social Cultural Transformation and National Voter Rights Forum (NVRF). She also serves as the Member of: Asia Pacific women with di Detail


Chini Maya Majhi (Executive Board Member )

Ms. Majhi is the Chairperson of National Indigenous Women’s Federation (NIWF) and Majhi Women Upliftment Association; Treasurer of Nepal Red Cross Society; and Vice Chair of Nepal Majhi Upliftment Association. She was the secretary of Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities. She is a very activ Detail


Kala Swarnakar (Executive Board Member )

Kala swarnakar is the Chair of Fedo an org. that works for the rights of Dalit women by organizing and empowering them through  mainstreaming dalits into national development. FEDO has its 56 district chapters in all the developing regions of Nepal with 2,154 women's groups with 53,850 group me Detail


Nirmala Dhungana (Executive Board Member )

She serves as the President of Women for Human Rights (WHR)- Single Women Group; Chief of national chapter SANWED(South Asian Networking for Widows Empowerment for  Development. She is also the Executive Founder Secretary/Chief of women’s Empowerment Division, SEWA Nepal (Socio-Economic Welfare Detail


Ms Tika Dahal

The founder and senior adviser of Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA), the first organisation working for the rights of disabled women in Nepal, Tika Dahal also served as the secretary of Sankalpa. She has been involved in various organisations involved in human rights i Detail


Ms Sarita Giri

Former Constituent Assembly Member and current Central Committee Member of Nepal Sadbhawana Party (Anandi Devi), Sarita Giri is well-known figure in the Nepalese politics. Giri has been affiliated with Sankalpa since she founded Centre for Women and Politics (CWAP), an NGO&n Detail


Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba

A well-known figure in women’s rights advocacy as well as the Nepalese  constitution making process, Dr. Arzu Rana-Deuba was the founder of Rural Women’s Development and Unity Centre, a member organisation of Sankalpa. After the establishment of this NGO in 1995, she se Detail


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