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Giving voice to women worldwide

Shifting from business sector to social sector almost three years back was a big decision in my life. Denying paid job and becoming a volunteer was one of the most difficult and challenging decisions that I have ever taken. My parents wanted me to join the family business when I was moving in the opposite direction to achieve my dreams. I had to struggle at different levels but nothing changed my mind to shift my focus. When my country was severely affected by armed conflict I decided to stay back and contribute to my nation when most of my friends flew to foreign land in search of better opportunities.

I started as a volunteer at Youth Telecenter and within few months was working as a Co-coordinator of the centre managing the programs and human resource. Soon after I joined Yatra, a youth led and managed organization, working on youth and environmental issues where within a year was elected as a Member Secretary. Initially transition from business to social sector seemed almost impossible but soon I realized that it was my passion not work which is why I enjoyed what I do daily. I have not been able to measure whether I have touched or changed lives of many people in a positive way but I am sure that I have been able to change lives of few.

Working with the women exploited sexually at massage parlors and dance bar in Kathmandu and being nominated as youth leader for youth forum in Asia Pacific Leadership Forum for HIV/AIDS and development has further motivated me to speak. I have been wearing many hats at the same time as of a leader, implementer, motivator, mentor, mentee, student, social change maker and a writer and has been successful in achieving those where I have laid my hands.

Being selected as one of the thirty emerging female leader for Voice of Future Programs of World Pulse and working as a facilitator with Nabuur increased my horizon to contribute from national to international level. Through World Pulse I have been able to connect to women like me trying to contribute and eager to share their stories with the world.

Writing has always been my passion and through my association with WP, I have been living my dreams to share my stories with the world. Likewise, being the member of working committee of Female Leadership Forum and building capacity of female youth under Association of Youth Organizations Nepal with 72 member organizations is another step to voice out women's issues and to empower them.

Leadership is not only the process of taking lead but uniting the team to achieve the goal. Team building is as necessary as leading the team in the right direction. We all come from different background and to hold them together is difficult as well as challenging. I have had the experience of working with people from different background both at national and international level along with reviving, uniting, building and leading the team to function effectively.

Life is a learning process and every second we are learning. The realization that we are learning leads us to adapt to the new techniques, ideas put forward by the people whether they come from developed or from the underdeveloped and developing countries. As the experience of every individual is different it is important that we provide space to each individual to put forward that thought. All the radical feminist, neo-liberal feminist, liberal feminist and women's movement will be wasted if we cannot accommodate the women at grass root level striving to live their life in a difficult and adverse situation. World Pulse has been giving platform to women from all walks of life and if provided with the opportunity to serve as a World Pulse Community Board Member, I will continue to bring women from different walks of lives and encourage them to speak as I firmly believe that sharing our stories is taking the lead and initiating change, as every women in this world is a change maker whether she leads her house, office, nation or world.

Comments

jodelight's picture

amazing!

Anjana,

It is a joy and inspiration to read about the work you do. You are amazing, truly. Thank you for your commitment to the PulseWire community, and all the incredible contributions you've made with your voice. You are a vital part of our global women's movement!

Be Well sister,
Jody

Dando's picture

Whoa

I am really proud of you Anjana. you reallly have people ta heart. I am very sure you have touched and changed many people's heart, not only in your country but also here on world pulse.

You are really an amazing and powerful woman.

Best

with Love

Dando

Nusrat Ara's picture

We are really proud of you

We are really proud of you Anjana. You are such a brave woman. I am sure you will reach the stars.

Best of luck.

Love

Nusrat

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Awesome!

Anjana dear,
Your voice is powerful. Your vision and achievement is inspiring. It is always refreshing to read from you.
Wishing you the very best dear
Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

SpiraSpera's picture

So inspiring!

Anjana - You are a force of wisdom, courage, strength and compassion. What a difference you are making!

Yes, let us create space for one another to think, to speak, to learn and to grow - in safe, supportive environments.

Keep up the phenomenal work!
-S

lanjana's picture

Thank you for having faith on me

Dear Jody, Dando, Nusrat,Gifty and SpiraSpera,

Thank you so much for having faith on me. I truly believe that together we can make a difference

Love
Anjana

jadefrank's picture

YES!

Dearest Anjana,

Since you first joined PulseWire and shared you bold voice with our community... I have witnessed you blossom within the community - and have been so moved by your incredible work in Nepal to empower women to grab hold of their futures and change the attitude of men and women as to what a woman's value is. You are going big places Anjana... and we can't wait to go along with you!

Hugs,
Jade

sunita.basnet's picture

Remarkable

Dear Anjana,

I salute you for your hard working and leadership qualities. I still remember that day when everyone who committed to come in the meeting didn't showed up and you were there to support me.

I admire you and your work. If I can do anything in the future, please let me know, I will be there. You really deserve this position.

All the best for everything.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

JaniceW's picture

Inspiring

Anjana,
Namaskar. You have achieved so much in your work with women in Nepal and have been such a strong advocate for youth. I am excited about your role in leading the Youth Leadership Forum and know that this platform for youth voices will help change policy and transform lives.

You represent hope for so many women across Nepal and I thank you for giving them a voice here on PulseWire. Hardik Subhakamana,
Janice

Umme Mahbuba's picture

heartening!

Dear Anjana,
This is really amazing and I am inspired by you. You are really great. I look forward to hearing from you more.

Thank you,
Umme.

sabina's picture

Influencing

Dear sis,
I am really inspired and influenced by your hardship. You have become a role model for all the nepali women. I heartly felt that you can be an inspiration for everyone.

All the Best sissy.

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