Influencing Policy for Social Change in Nepal

Photo of Ganga Rayamajhi. Photo by Darcy Kiefel
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Ganga is among the many MIUSA alumni who are taking their rightful place as respected leaders in communities throughout the world.

In the remote mountainous Gulmi District of Nepal, Ms. Ganga Rayamajhi of Nepal, a double amputee, serves as chairwoman for Hope Disability Centre.

Following her participation in MIUSA Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), her organization hosted a campaign to advocate for disability rights and ending violence against women and people with disabilities in Nepal. During the campaign, Ganga participated in interviews on the radio and television to influence policy makers toward justice and social change.

As a result, one generous supporter from Kathmandu gave her organization a donation of 50,000 Nepalese Rupees (about $700 USD). Ganga was also awarded a certificate for best social worker in her district by the Women Development Office.

“Thanks so much to MIUSA for this great opportunity. Today all the policy makers and chief officers respected me and helped me to work in the disability sector. I am so happy with my MIUSA training because before I had no idea how to make policy or how to speak with policy makers.”

Learn more about the impact of WILD under the Related Resources section.