Padmasana Shakya, Chairperson, Manushi
Over the last 50 years, I have worked diligently at the forefront of improving women’s right and increasing their opportunities through skills training, knowledge sharing and entrepreneurial development. I have a Masters in Economics which I have used throughout the years to guide me in identifying ways of developing programs and activities to address women issues and problem in the social and economic sectors. In my career I have held various roles from Associate Professor at Tribhuvan University to consultant, coordinator and executive Director for numerous international and national organizations and their projects or initiatives. I was the President of Fair Trade Group Nepal ( FGT Nepal ) and currently I am advisor ot FTG Nepal. I am currently the Chairperson at Manushi, a fair trade organization that provides skills training and market solutions for poor, unprivileged artisans focusing on women and their products. I am also the President of the Micro-Credit Association of Nepal the non government organization of micro-financing in the country. I am the member of Centre for Micro Finance, a networking Organization of Nepal. I have been blessed with being recognized by the Government of Nepal’s with the “Gold” medal award, Gorkha Dakshin Bahu from government of Nepal and International Priyadasani Award 2015 for outstanding women entrepreneur.