Ramon Magsaysay 2013 Awardee Nepal's Anti-trafficking Organization Shakti Samuha (power Group) Represented by Organization's Head Sunita Danuwar (l)receives the Prize From Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (r) During the Award Ceremony Held in Manila Philippines 31 August 2013 Anti-trafficking Organization Shakti Samuha Cited For Helping Victims of Sexual Exploitation Get Back on Their Feet and Build New Lives the Ramon Magsaysay Award is One of Asia's Highest Honor and is Widely Regarded As the Region's Equivalent of the Nobel Prize Philippines Manila. Photo Credit: Francis R Malasig/EPA/ShutterstockFrancis R Malasig—EPA/Shutterstock
- TitleExecutive Director
- AffiliationShakti Samuha
In Nepal, some 15,000 girls a year are kidnapped and trafficked into sex work, often in neighboring India. In 1992, when she was 14, Danuwar became one of them. Rescued after four years in a brothel, she banded with other survivors to found Shakti Samuha (“Group of Power,” in Hindi). The organization provides shelter and counseling to trafficking victims and has helped more than 20,000 women.