Name: Rashmi Lamsal
Organization: Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal
Awards/ Achievements: (1) Youth Activist Against Female Foeticide (2) Participant in Debate and Essay Competitions for Gender Equality, Women Empowerment, Child Abuse, and Rape (3) Participant in “Say No to Girl Child Abortion” Rally (4) Participant in the “Fight Back” Rally on Self-Defense for Girls
I am a sixteen year old student studying in the twelfth grade, who is an active member of the Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal Organization. Through this organization, I have participated in rallies like “Say No to Girl Child Abortion” and various workshops to empower girls in our society. I have participated in various debate and essay competitions concerning gender equality, the empowerment of women, child abuse, and various rape cases. I have also participated in workshops that discuss major issues of Nepali society that concern empowerment of girls who do not realize they are being discriminated against.
Through the Asian Girl Campaign, I would be able to further empower Nepali girls in hopes to bring an end to gender violence and discrimination. Whether I am awarded the award or not, it is my passion to raise the voice of girls against gender abuse. I have a lot of experience and leadership ability gained during leading and being involved in workshops that will help me make this issue known to a wider audience throughout my life.
I have also learned self-defense through the workshop “Fight Back.” This event taught girls techniques to escape dangerous situations that could lead to rape. Afterwards, I taught these same techniques to my family and friends. In addition, I have been a member of the youth advisory board’s “My Right, My Voice” Campaign, which calls for better health facilities for girls in remote regions.