Nominated Asian Girl Ambassador 2013: Thansila Muyyarikkandy (Finalist)


Name: Thansila Muyyarikkandy

Organization: India’s The Peace Gong

Awards/Achievements: 1) Wayanad Shishu Panchayat President; 2) Shishu Panchayat Micro Finance Bank Founder; 3) Chief editor of Peace Gong Kerala; 4) Media literacy head of AFRC INDIA



I am the president of Wayanad Shishu Panchayat (a national movement aimed at educating people in India about democracy and children’s rights). I led a group representing my home state of Tamilnadu in a UN-supported youth consultation on the UN Millennium Development Goals, an event which was organized by youth-led development agency Restless Development. At Wayanad, I performed many tasks including leading a group of girls to conduct the UN My World Survey and coordinating a youth conference on volunteerism. Continue reading

Nominated Asian Girl Ambassador 2013 & 2014: Shraddha Mahat

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Name: Shraddha Mahat

Organization: Nepal’s Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN)

Awards/Achievements: (1) Participant in Extra-Curricular Activities Promoting Children’s Rights (2) Strong Advocate for Girls’ Rights (3) Advocate for Girls’ Equal Right to Education (4) Works with Jagriti to Assist Helpless Girls Trapped in Early Marriage or Dangerous Situations


JCYCN was formed by former child club activists and like-minded youths. This children’s club was the first of its kind in Nepal. I am also an active member of the Jagriti Child Club Nepal and have been part of JCYCN since 2010.

I always participate in extra-curricular activities like quiz contests, debate competitions, and speech competitions that are related to children’s rights. I do this both in school and outside school. I like to interact with social organizations, especially those related to girls. I have actively participated in many such programs related to girls. Continue reading

Munkhjin Tsogt (International Judge of Asian Girls’ Rights Award 2013)

Central Asia_Mongolia_Munkhjin TsogtInternational Judge from Central Asia, Munkhjin Tsogt is a board chair of Mongolian Youth Development Services Center (MYDSC) and she received her Master’s degree in social work from Washington University in Saint Louis, MO, USA in 2008. She has been working in child rights and education, and youth development fields in the last 17 years by getting employed by World Vision International Mongolia, US Peace Corps and National Authority for Children, a principal government agency for child rights, development and protection.

She is a co-founder of MYDSC, a non-government organization in Mongolia, which was established in 2009, to enhance educational and development opportunities for disadvantaged children and youth in Mongolia. She provides leadership and supervision for more than dozen employees of MYDSC and provide technical consultancy for numerous child rights and development projects in Mongolia. She received John F. Kennedy Service Award in 2006 from US Peace Corps in Boston, MA, USA. And she holds numerous awards for being an advocate for child rights protection and development of young people from governmental and non-governmental organizations in Mongolia.

Currently, MYDSC implements following programs:  1) youth development program called “TOP™-youth development program”; 2) youth social entrepreneurship skills development program; 3) integrated community development program.

Youth development program “TOP™-youth development program” is being implemented at the schools and communities in the ger communities of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to expand developmental rights of children and youth living in disadvantaged circumstances. There are 8 schools and 3 communities are involved in the current youth development program which reaches over 700 youth directly. Youth social entrepreneurship program provides support to youth in the establishment and operation of social enterprises e.g. internet and training center and youth photo studio etc. Youth in this program learn key life skills as well as leadership and entrepreneurial skills. In addition, MYDSC is engaged in community development programs in the two rural mining communities in Tuv and Selenge provinces. Social workers are engaged in community groups to plan and implement community development projects and empower youth to gain life skills and get involved in community services and projects.

MYDSC works in cooperation with district government, schools and local authorities. In addition, the projects of MYDSC have been financially supported by World Vision International Mongolia, GIZ of Germany, and US Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.  MYDSC promotes evidence based development programs and capacity building of all engaged in youth and community development. It aims to expand its development programs at national level by building capacities of technical and methodological skills of stakeholders.