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Interview Subjects

Dear all

These are three women i have short-listed for interview. Please help me decide on who should i interview. I am really confused.

Anuradha Koirala

Anuradha Koirala is the founder of Maiti Nepal, meaning Mothers’ House, which was established in 1994 to rehabilitate and support girls and women who have been trafficked from Nepal to India, against their will, to be sexual slaves in brothels. Besides taking in the girls who have been rescued, she has helped to run workshops for police, lawmakers, and teachers. The survivors themselves are actively educating villagers with pamphlets, street dramas, and songs describing the dangers of trafficking. In addition there are prevention homes in three districts of Nepal where high-risk girls can go. They are staffed with survivors, and they watch for likely traffickers crossing into India with girls. Maiti Nepal also runs a hospice for girls who return with illnesses and are not accepted back in their homes. They are treated with respect here, and are able to grow vegetables and sustain themselves.

Anju Chhetri

Anju Chhetri is the woman behind setting up the first feminist public house in Nepal--ASMITA. It was set up in 1988, at a time when nobody was writing about women’s issues in the Nepali media. As an editor, Ms Chhetri identified issues, and researched and wrote thought-provoking articles even in the mainstream newspapers and magazines. At a time when mass media was largely state-arbitrated, Ms Chhetri and her colleagues escaped the state’s intense vigilance because their magazine was targeted towards women, and therefore, considered relatively harmless. They used the space to be forthright in espousing the cause of democracy, arguing that women could not achieve their specific rights before they had basic democratic rights. Equal property rights for women, the right to abortion, women's sexuality, violence against women, and women's right to health are among the other issues that have been brought to the forefront of national life and to the attention of policymakers, by Asmita.

Chandani Joshi

Chandni Joshi is the former Regional Program Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in the South Asian Region .She has lobbied on behalf of women and their families at major international conferences including the Earth Summit in Rio (1992) and the Fourth World Conference on women in Beijing (1995). She also served in high-level government positions including her role as Joint Secretary and Chief of the Women Development Division at the Local Development Ministry of Nepal. Creating a space for women in the development dialogue, Joshi has worked to give a voice to the disadvantaged and marginalized groups like tribal women, peasant women, migrant women workers, survivors of trafficking and violence, home-based workers, HIV-positive women and women in conflict and disaster situations.


Fatima Waziri's picture

Ask them about their interest

Ask them about their interest in the position they are interview for. This will enable you discern if they have the passion to work or just looking for a job.

Ask them about their future goals

Their strengths and weakness

Give them a scenario and ask them to explain how they will react in such situations


JaniceW's picture

Great choices

Khushbu, Namaskar. This is difficult as all are wonderful women to interview. Is there one that particularly interests you or is working in an area that you are passionate about? If so, I would go with that person as then your interest/passion will help inspire the questions you ask and possibly provide a more in-depth interview. Whomever you choose, each will provide a strong interview and interesting profile. Saphalhos,

LauraB's picture

Narrowing in


Each woman is accomplished and I am sure would be very interesting to interview. What does your gut say- who are you most curious about, and whose life path most resembles the one you envision for yourself?

I look forward to reading the interview and hearing about your experience. No matter what, you'll do an impressive job and write an interview we will all be very happy to read.



Khushbu's picture

Thank you all

I think it would be most exciting to interview Anuradha Koirala. But i am also excited to meet Anju Chhetri...She is a strong women. I will once again think over it and decide soon. Time is running out, after all!!


Khushbu Agrawal

jadefrank's picture

Tough choices

Hi Khushbu,

You have presented some really remarkable and inspirational women here. Whew! I do not envy you for making this tough decision. However, there is no need to limit yourself. If you are drawn especially to both Anuradha Koirala and Anju Chhetri, then why not interview and write stories on both? Or at least interview both and from there you can choose which to write the article on, then later when you have time you can write about the other. Because it seems to me that you'd like to meet, learn from and tell the story of both these women. So why not?

Good luck! I know that whatever you decide, your coverage will be fantastic! You are an amazing writer.

Warm regards,

Khushbu's picture

I will try

Hi Jade

I want to interview both these women actually. I have met and talked to Chandani Joshi many times but have never personally met Anuradha Koirala and Anju Chhetri. This is also one reason i want to interview them both. I will try to meet both of them, provided that i have enough time. As you say, i will have an opportunity to learn from both of them.

Thank you so much for the appreciation. I feel great!

With love

Khushbu Agrawal

sunita.basnet's picture

Hi Khus,

Hi Khus,
Am I too late to suggest you, If so sorry.
Personally, I am very interest to know around the issue women's trafficking and the work of Maiti Nepal. Maiti Nepal is playing vital role to reduce the number of women's trafficking, so i am interested to know about her work, what types of challenges she faced working in this field? How do she solve the problem? and so on................

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Khushbu's picture

Thank you

Hi Sunita

Thank you for your suggestions. I have still not got hold of either of them. I have trying to contact them but somehow i cant get connected. So, now my interview will entirely be based on who gives me the time before July 5. But sometime in future i intend to interview both Anju Chettri and Anuradha Koirala.

Thank you once again!


Khushbu Agrawal

Kizzie's picture

Hey there, You've picked such

Hey there,

You've picked such interesting and inspirational women! I don't know, but I'm particularly interested in Anuradha Koirala. I'm guessing it's because I've read a lot about trafficked Nepalese women and I'm interested in trafficking in general. I'm really interested in discovering the trafficking networks , how women are picked, what the Indian government is doing about it and how they are reintegrated (if ever) into the Nepalese community.
I'm also interested in Anju because I studied journalism and I've witnessed first-hand how writing spreads awareness about issues and I really believe in the power of the pen!:)

Good luck! I can't wait to read it!:)

Khushbu's picture

Hi Kizzie I think there are

Hi Kizzie

I think there are many people interested here in Anuradha Koirala. I will try my best to get her interview. But since we are here on WorldPulse to raise the voices of women, Anju Chettri interests me particularly. What her magazine is doing is very much similar to WorldPulse. So, i am trying to get hold of her. But you see, i have not been able to get through. Hopefully, i get to contact her and meet her soon.

Thank you for the great suggestions...


Khushbu Agrawal

Kizzie's picture

Wonderful! Good luck for now,

Good luck for now, well you can interview her anytime and keep us updated on how it is going!

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