ounder & Chief Executive Director Of Sustainable Fish Farming Initiative
Kanchan Amatya (21) is an award winning social entrepreneur, women?s rights advocate and an anti poverty activist. She serves as the UN Women?s Global Champion for Women?s Economic Empowerment at Empower Women. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Director of Sustainable Fish Farming Initiative , a social enterprise that empowers South Asian indigenous women to combat extreme hunger and poverty through sustainable aquaculture. Till date, her venture has uplifted the
lives of more than 25,000 rural Nepalese women farmers. Besides, Amatya serves as the President of United Nations Girl Up Campaign ? Nepal Chapter, Director of Helpless Women and Children?s Service Society and an Ambassador of Women Protection Center, through which she has worked extensively with rescued women and children survivors of gender-based violence and human
trafficking in South Asia. She was also a part of the delegation to help pass the Girls Count Act bill at the White House that encouraged countries to ensure girls of all ages are able to fully participate in society, including by providing birth certificates and other official documentations. Amatya has also worked as a Mentor to young leaders from 90+ countries with the Youth Assembly at the United Nations. She was recently awarded by President Bill Clinton with presidential Honor Roll and listed
on 100 leaders under 25 by Impact Squared. As a women?s rights activist, she has addressed world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly , Clinton Global Initiative , and contributes regularly at various conferences and media relating to gender related issues in South Asia. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum, UN Women?s Major Group, Beyond Beijing Committee, UN IANYD working group on Youth and Gender Equality and the UN Women National Committee of UN Women.
Documentary Filmmaker & Multimedia Journalist
Devaki Bist. I was born and brought up in Far-Western district of Nepal and received my education in the district of Kanchanpur. This region taught daughters to be school teachers and ten to five easy government job holders. The culture there then, especially in the mountain regions, generally never allowed daughters, to go to school, travel alone, freedom of speech, go with boys or play, rather they were married early. Involving herself in such activities were considered shame to her family. According to my interest, standing firm against such culture, I choose to be a journalist, with lot of freedom to speak, move on with boys and work day and night. I started my journalism from the remote western Nepal and traveled around seventy districts of Nepal. I took basic journalism training in Kanchanpur district for only once. I have keen interest in journalism, documentary film making and social work. The nine years of my professional life has taught me that practice is the stairs to success and practice has shown me my path forward till now. In my journalism career I never afraid to raise my voice and write on any context. When I wrote on rape, domestic violence and crime I was even threaten for life but I too stand on my own and defend it .It took me six laborious year to accomplish my documentary film on ?Deuki custom?, where a family or an individual offer a young lady to the God to fulfill their wish. Which is still practicing in far west region of Nepal .Which was very perilous .Because it concern directly to the religion and faith that people believe. I was awarded from national and international level for my hard work.
Founder & Director, Spiral Farm House
I am Sudarshan Chaudhary a Napali national with indigenous family profile graduated from Tribhuvan University in management in 2014. I have been working in different NGOs in the issues of indigenous rights, women rights, youth rights and sustainable development. I am interested on indigenous rights, women rights, ethnicity, inclusion, climate change adaptation, bio-dynamic farming, land rights and sustainable development. I have been working in the field of indigenous rights, women rights through different NGOs. At the same time I have involved in doing bio-dynamic agriculture practice for sustainable farming in a community level to promote indigenous food system. First I served as chair person of Community Service Forum Nepal for 6 years. During the time I served in a planning and implementation of the program related to indigenous issues and rights in the local community.
2nd I worked 6 years at District branch executive member of NGO Federation of Nepal. During the period I organized and facilitate various training at district member NGOs and we involving to making strategic plan of local NGOs and worked for strengthening the capacity of NGOs. 3rd I worked at Lok Kalyan Nepal a NGO as a program coordinator. Program funded by Poverty Alleviation Fund. As a program coordinator I manage overall program head. Coordinate with staffs for social mobilization, formation local groups and preparation sub proposal for groups on their self demand base, coordination and linkage them with local government, agencies and stakeholders. Capacity enhances local community for their sustainability and institutional development. Write success story of local communities. 4th I worked 3 years at Youth Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (YFIN), Nepal as a Secretary General. As a secretary General of YFIN Nepal.As a secretary general, I organize timely meeting with co-ordination of president, present activities and reports of YFIN Nepal and circulate to district branches and member organization. Now YFIN Nepal working with IPs youth organizations and we have 45 caste based youth member organizations and 55 district branches. YFIN Nepal mostly works on the issues of IPs youth issues, inclusion, indigenous rights, land rights, climate change and adaptation, Sustainable development and also lobby and advocacy with Govt. of Nepal for IPs youth friendly National youth policy and strategy. We are strengthening member organizations and district branches through training and capacity building programs. Currently engaging and starting my own Bio-dynamic (Organic) farm in rural area, which is established in 2013. Where I?m practicing Bio-dynamic (Organic) farming for sustainable farming and conservation of soil and micro organism. In my farm we are teaching young youths for bio-dynamic farming, why it is necessary, why we need to do bio-dynamic farming for sustainability. In our farm we are focusing on making good Biodynamic compost which helps to protect our land and creating ecological balance through farming. Through Biodynamic farming gives us good food, good health, air, water, soil and social wellbeing. It helps us conserve our climate through farming. With farm also I?m engage with local indigenous youths and women. We are just started ?Moringa farming? and ?Organic chicken farming? project with local indigenous youths and women in 3 hectors land area. Every year we organized and trained more than 100 women, youths and IPs peoples about Spiritual and organic farming. In 2017 our farm win prize from call ?100 Projects for climate initiatives? called by French Sea and Environment ministry and we got 3,000 Euro.
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