Mukti Nepal is a women-led organisation working to promote equality, justice, and women empowerment. It was established in 2010, during a 16-day annual campaign on violence against women. The organisation is led by Shyam Kumari Sah, an activist and women human rights defender who was nominated as “emerging champion for peace” for the N-Peace Award in 2012. All Mukti’s executive members are also Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD).
Mukti’s main objectives are:
- End all inequalities and injustices against women
- Protect and promote women’s rights
- Establish a culture of peace and respect human rights
- End all caste-based inequalities
The organisation has been working in three main areas:
- Campaign for Peace and Constitution: Mukti Nepal, WHRD and Human Rights network have been jointly organising rallies and meetings. They have done advocacy work and sent appeals to politicians, urging them to set a date for the Constituent Assembly elections and to guarantee women sits in the Constituent Assembly.
- Women Access to Justice: MUKTI has organised meetings to discuss how to tackle violence against women, bringing together members of the Village Development committee (VDC), members of District Development Committee (DDC), local politicians, police, government officers, members of civil society, and women. MUKTI also offers medical, legal and psychosocial support to women victims of violence. It has handled more than fifty cases of women victims of dowry and domestic violence.
- Campaign for Violence against Women: In partnership with other organisations, it has campaigned to tackle domestic violence and has raisen awareness on violence against women.