Shakti Samuha receives prestigious Magsaysay Award for outstanding contributions in combating human trafficking
Nepal’s Shakti Samuha (“Power Group”), a non government organization created and run by human trafficking victims, has been honoured with this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award-2013 in recognition of its outstanding contributions in combating human trafficking and fighting for the rights of abused women and children in Nepal.
The Manila-based Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation said that Shakti Samuha’s founders and members was honoured with the prestigious award for “transforming their lives in service to other human trafficking survivors, their passionate dedication towards rooting out a pernicious social evil in Nepal, and the radiant example they have shown the world in reclaiming the human dignity that is the birthright of all abused women and children everywhere.”
Maria Lourdes Sereno, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, honoured the Samuha with the award, carrying a purse of US dollars 50,000 and letter of appreciation amidst a special ceremony at the CCP Main Theater, Manila on Saturday, the 55th memorial day of Magsaysay. The Award is regarded as the Nobel Prize in Asia.
Chairperson Sunita Danuwar received the award on behalf of the Shakti Samuha.
Shakti Samuha is among three individuals and two organisations - Afghanistan's first and only female governor, a humanitarian worker from Myanmar's Kachin minority, a Filipino doctor, an independent commission eradicating corruption in Indonesia - from various Asian countries to receive this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award.
Established in 1957, the Ramon Magsaysay Award is Asia’s highest honor and is widely regarded as the region’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. It celebrates the memory and leadership example of the third Philippine president, and is given every year to individuals or organizations in Asia who manifest the same sense of selfless service that ruled the life of the late and beloved Filipino leader.
Prior to this, four personalities from Nepal - Mahesh Chandra Regmi, veteran journalist Bharat Dutta Koirala, eye surgeon Sanduk Ruit and Mahabir Pun had already received the prestigious Magsaysay Award. nepalnews.com