Abha Shrestha

Abha

Abha Shrestha

Name: Abha Shrestha
Where: Nepal
What she does: Outreach with sex workers
Impact: Women and girls are happier, and have more knowledge about STIs, HIV and AIDS
Nominated by: Jeevan Shrestha, Former Global Xchange Programme Supervisor from Nepal

Abha Shrestha, 35, from Hetau Da, works in Kathmandu City, the capital of Nepal. She motivates others and raises awareness about STIs, HIV and AIDS, running trainings and classes to help sex workers change their occupation (commercial sex work puts health at risk and provides irregular and low income).

Between 2008 and the end of 2010, Abha worked with a group of women and girls involved in the sex trade (in Kathmandu) through Sahayatri Nepal (an NGO). During this period she did outreach work to learn more about the women and girls engaged in the sex trade, and helped them with a number of services. These included delivering health awareness orientations, talking to them about women’s empowerment and leadership, and giving them counselling. She built rapport with the women and girls, and succeeded in bringing many of them to Sahayatri Nepal office for health awareness education, skill development, income generation programmes, as well as non formal education, English language sessions, and referral to Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) at the HIV and AIDS centre, support their children to go to school as well as looking for sponsors for those children, condom distribution to women and girls, and education about STIs, HIV and AIDS. Mrs. Abha rescued some of the women and girls from their profession (sex trade) and helped them in getting seed money from other networking organization so that they could start small vendor businesses (which is respected by community people, gives a better income and does not put the women and girls’ lives at risk).

After this kinds of intervention (from Abha’s initiation), the women and girls were happier, gained knowledge on STIs, HIV and AIDS and they are proud to start work independently, and have educated other women and girls too leave the sex trade profession. Some of these women have become activists against this type of job.

7 Responses to “Abha Shrestha”

  1. Jeevan September 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Congratulation Dear Abha Ji, for becoming one of the ” One Hundred Women: The Unseen Powerful Women who Change the World” a Campaign by ‘One Action World’. It’s nice to nominate you for the campaign and glad that you are one of those hundred powerful women and wish you all the best for winner or second runner-up in your category, which is going to be announced soon.
    It. was nice to hear of your efforts that you made and which are bringing benefiting changes to those women for their betterment. Well done and keep it up!

  2. NIKITA SHRESTHA September 10, 2011 at 4:05 am #

    Loads of congratulation di.. you deserve to be proud of your achievement…& im very glad di..May your future efforts be equally successful and rewarding..You are a true powerful woman!

  3. Crystal Moshenko September 11, 2011 at 4:26 am #

    Congratulations Abha!!! Your committment to helping women in such difficult and unsafe situations is so admirable. I know firsthand how much of your time and own funds have been devoted to Sahayatri in order to benefit the women that need it most. You inspire me personally and I wish you only the best personally and professionally!!

  4. Anupama Shrestha September 11, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    Congratulation .!!! You have done great contribution to change the world. I really proud of you and Keep it up.

  5. Lion TashiDolma Tumbahangphe September 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Lion Tashi Dolma Tumbahangphe Hetauda
    Dear Abha,
    Congratulations from Lions Club of Bhutandevi for your nomination. I know its really a risky work to work with sex workers for their rescuse rehabilitation,education and so on but you have proved that they have other ways to live in the society with dignity.I am happy to know that they have changed their sex trade to other socially accepted trade. Long live your campaign. i really do appreciate your work and urge the jury that you are one of the deserving candidates for the finalist.

  6. Eleanor Parris September 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Abha, all of the above comments are right, you have worked endlessly for no personal financial gain and have done all this from the goodness of your heart. You really are a lovely, generoous and kind person and you deserve to be in the world’s top 100 women, i hope that one world recognises your help for some of the most vulnerable and at risk women in society today.

  7. manju August 21, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Manju Bastakoti
    Hatiya-7 makwampur

    Dear Abha ji

    Congratulations Abha!!! Your committment to helping women in such difficult and unsafe situations is so admirable. I know firsthand how much of your time and own funds have been devoted to Sahayatri in order to benefit the women that need it most. You inspire me personally and I wish you only the best personally and professionally!!

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