Originally from Morang, Ms. Darshana Rijal is a relentless advocate for women’s rights. She is interested in advocacy and building connections. She sees a dream where every gender is acknowledged and allowed to thrive equally in Nepal. Also, she is a woman delivering young leaders in 2021.  From a very young age, her professional journey began as a woman’s rights activist. Gender equality, youth empowerment, and girls’ rights have always been the central focus of her projects. She is affiliated with Women Deliver Young Leaders. She works as a Coordinator for “The Girls First” National Network working in Nepal for young girls’ rights and safety. She has conducted three major small grant projects worth $5500 each since 2021.  Also, she was nominated on the list of 100 women from Global South Women by Gender Security Project. She Conducted different advocacy campaigns against girls and women violence and worked against gender norms and sexual violence.  Darshana conducted various empowering programs and represented Nepal in multiple National and International forums. Darshana represents Nepal in international forums such as the Generation Equality Forum 2021, Mexico, and The Generation Equality Forum 2021, Paris. She has worked with international organizations, including Youth Coalition and Adolescent Girls’ Investment Plan. Additionally, She has volunteered with Sakcham Rural Nepal and worked as a peer researcher for an organization called CREHPA. 

Impact Created

The project she worked on empowered the young girls to speak for themselves. She positively impacted school students to speak against sexual violence and bullying. She also helped students to access quality education through financial assistance. Through different workshops and programs, she helped numerous girls to speak and raise their voices. 
Darshana Rijal has been selected as a “Glocal’s 20under20 of 2022 Batch” as an early change-maker throughout the nation. Glocal’s 20 under 20 is an umbrella title for 20 early change-makers, who are teenagers from diverse fields, stepping out to create an impact in the society. 

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