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Pranisha Shakya

Community Empowerment and Social...
Joined March 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Health, Livelihoods, Right to Information, Women's Rights
I am an indigenous and women’s rights activist and community-based development enthusiast. I am currently engaged as the Program and Research Officer with the Community Empowerment and Social Justice Network/Foundation (CEMSOJ) in Nepal. I have been engaged in assisting indigenous and rural communities to assert their rights that are threatened in the contexts of “development” and business projects. I have also been involved in a pilot initiative to enhance access to energy and other social services for rural indigenous communities in central Nepal. In my work, I tend to focus on the specific impacts and issues that women and youth of those communities face and how to address them.
I started my NGO career as an intern with the CEMSOJ in 2017 and was subsequently hired as a Program Assistant and more recently as Program and Research Officer with the organization. I currently provide overall support for implementation of CEMSOJ’s programs/initiatives, campaigns and projects, including in awareness raising and capacity building activities, media monitoring and information sharing, documentation and research studies, and particularly assist in the Campaign to Promote a Human-Rights Based Approach to Renewable Energy Development to advance the just transition in Nepal.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Rural Development from the Tribhuvan University affiliated Patan Multiple Campus in Nepal. For my future studies and career, I aim to specialize in international human rights law and grassroots-led development practices and thus am always to learn further in relation to those areas. That is also why I am looking to join the network.

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