Monday, October 15, 2007

Captive Daughters Announces Recipient of the Annapurna Activists Award

Annapurna Activist Prize Winner Announced
The Nepali Women’s Global Network (NWGN) is proud to announce the awarding of the first annual Annapurna Activist Prize to Malabika Das.

The Annapurna Activist Prize was founded to recognize a Nepali individual who has made outstanding contributions toward increasing awareness and education about sex trafficking, as well as actually securing rights for women and children in Nepal. This includes working towards ending the suffering of Nepali women and children who are trafficked into sexual slavery throughout the world. The Annapurna Award in the amount of $1000.00 USD is funded by Captive Daughters. The Captive Daughters organization is committed to ending the exploitative practice of sex trafficking through education, awareness, and activism. For more information on Captive Daughters visit www.captivedaughters.org

The first recipient of this award is Malabika Das. Ms. Das is a young Nepali-American women’s rights activist, based in New York City. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work at Columbia University. Since her early college days, she has taken every possible opportunity to both work on anti-trafficking initiatives as well as making mainstream resources available to the Nepali community. She has worked in a variety of arenas addressing the rights of Nepali women including serving as the first Development and Economic Empowerment Coordinator for the organization Sakhi for South Asian Women, which is a community-based association that works to end violence against women of South Asian origin; serving as a research team member and as the Board Treasurer for Adhikaar, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote human rights and social justice in Nepali communities; a member of the New York City Trafficking Meetup, a group of people who organize anti-trafficking events around New York; and she is also planning to participate in an advocacy project around an anti-trafficking initiative through one of her social work groups at Columbia University.

It is clear from Malabika Das’ impressive background that she is the ideal fit to be the recipient of this award. We again congratulate Malabika Das on this honor and look forward to seeing her future endeavors on behalf of Nepali people everywhere.

Applications for the 2008 Annapurna Activists Award will be accepted starting January 1, 2008. Please visit the Captive Daughters website for more information, to apply or to nominate an activist.

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