Sunita Danuwar, current president of Shakti Samuha, an organization founded in Nepal by girls and women rescued from brothels of India, has been working as a transformer, leader, counselor and leading survivor of girls and women trafficked to India and other countries since 1996.
Shakti Samuha, in Nepali means “The Power Group” in English, was established in 1996 and the power was generated from tear, pain, hatred and rejection of family and own country of 15 Nepali girls rescued from brothels of India. It was Feb 5, 1996 when Indian government raided red light area of Mumbai with a huge pressure from national and international child right organizations to save minors from brothels of such area. Among them, there were nearly 200 Nepali girls rescued. Immediately after they were rescued, they had been locked away in a prison like buildings, as their government was reluctant to accept them with fear of HIV AIDS. Under pressure of Nepali NGOs, Nepali government was finally ready to bring the girls, however they were rejected by their own family and treated very badly everywhere.
Sunita Danuwar was one of those 200 Nepali rescued girls and one of those 15 girls who established Shakti Samuha with objectives of identifying and nullifying the trafficking risks of girls and women , organizing awareness programs , attempt to rescue trafficked girls and women, establish safe house and emergency shelter to rescued girls, counsel and empowering them.
Sunita was fourteen years old when she had been sold to brothel of India and she had thought her world has finished completely. Now, after seventeen years in Shakti Samuha, she has a lot share in world. She is a survivor of trafficked girls, motivator, planner, strategist, leader, counselor and many more.
She was a chair person of Alliance against trafficking in Women and Children in Nepal (AATWIN) since 2009 to 2011, board member of Global Alliance against Trafficking in women since 2008 and national board member of NGO Federation in 2012.
Sunita has been appreciated by US Separations Command in 2012 and has received a letter of honor to recognize her combat against human trafficking.
Her organization, Shakti Samuha has been awarded with Ramon Magsaysay Award 2013 as well.
She is like a living book that everyone must read and a true source of inspiration.
Official website of Shakti Samuha – http://www.shaktisamuha.org.np/
Submitted by: Radhika Bista