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Kaamala Neupane from Nepal


I was born in Eastern Part of Nepal which is a land rich in beauty, but sadly for many of the people living there, it is also a land of male chauvinism. I was one of the girls who saw many problems related to education. Back in my school days, only five were girls out of the total of 45 students. This depicts the picture of the status of women education in Nepal. During my higher secondary school, I came to realize that this scenario won’t change unless girls take initiation themselves. I had to convince my parents regarding my dreams. In 2010 I co-founded FORCE Nepal, a non-profit working on women’s empowerment which was a stepping stone to achieve my dreams. Being the only female team member in FORCE NEPAL, I had to walk an extra mile just to be in part with my male colleagues and I had to stand against all the leg pulling from my colleagues as well. The way I have grown through work experience is my greatest achievement so far.

During my work experience at FORCE Nepal as a women empowerment director, I had to supervise 22 of the countryside women in Kathmandu who belonged to poor economic backgrounds. They were given training on the manufacturing of pickles and handmade woolen bags that helped them enhance their earnings and livelihood. This has bolstered in me a confidence and a strong willpower that women should leave no stones unturned to change the society and one must dare to work against all the norms that are discriminatory. I have collaborated with a number of the institution during the issues that relate with women empowerment and this has developed a capacity in me to deal with the solutions of the problems prudently.

After completing High School some questions triggered my mind about the economic status of Nepal. And then I used to research why Nepal is lagging behind? during my bachelors, I got an opportunity to join Nepal Language and Research Solutions a Research company as a Research Associate. I believe that Sometimes in life it just takes the influence of one person to help you see yourself in a whole new light. For me that person is my supervisor Surath Giri who helped me to understand free-market ideas and offered to be the part of Nepal Prosperity Institute, an economic think that promotes financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and economic policy reform in Nepal as a Co-founder. I did my Bachelors in Business Administration from King's College and pursuing my masters of art in Economics from Tribhuvan University Nepal. I have also taken a summer course on political economy at the Asia Institute of Political Economy of the University of Hong Kong run by The Fund for American Studies and accredited by George Mason University.

In 2016 I was selected as one of the Rising Stars of Nepal by WEDU, a leadership development organization that aims to unlock the leadership potential of young women in Asia. I was also selected as one of the promising young leaders by LEAD International in its program of identifying and nurturing future leaders of Nepal in various sectors. I have a keen interest in economics and entrepreneurship development and is planning to help Nepalese youth in doing their own business. I am also a filmmaker. My short documentary "Bishnu Maya Didi" has been selected in multiple international film festivals and I was awarded Best Female Director in the Women and Minorities in Media Film Festival, California in 2017.

Kaamala's recommendation letter from Nepal Prosperity Institute
Kaamala's resume

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