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Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD)

Kathmandu, Nepal
Joined September 2017
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Livelihoods, Other, Women's Rights

Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD) is an autonomous, non-profit, non-governmental organization established on May 29, 1995 for the protection, promotion and enjoyment of women’s rights, children’s rights, minorities’ rights and the rights of marginalized groups.


Forum for Women, Law and Development envisions a world where human rights are fully realized where social injustice and discrimination are eradicated, and where equality prevails.


Our vision can be achieved by constantly working to change the discriminatory laws and the discrimination embedded in society and culture. We work on creating institutions and bringing resources to promote the rights of marginalized groups, looking into the cross-cutting effects of laws, and understanding intersectionality. This can be achieved through the implementation of international human rights instruments, and by reforming the structures that deny marginalized groups’ access to development. Our mission is to empower the marginalized and aid in overall development.


To create and sustain a just and equitable society


FWLD aims at achieving its vision, mission and goals primarily through :

  •  Networking
  •  Training
  •  Advocacy
  •  Research
  •  Legal Aid/PIL
  •  Collaboration


Domestic Application of International Human Rights Instruments
Combating Gender-Based Violence
Recognition, Promotion and Realization of Human Rights
Ensuring Access to Justice

People Associated With This Organization

Sabin Shrestha

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Joined December 2016
Forum for Women, Law and Development

Sujana Maharjan

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Joined August 2018
Interests: Citizenship & Identification
Ms Maharjan started law practice as a junior lawyer in 1999 and became law advocate in 2001. Later she incorporated as founder of the Rights Law Pvt. Ltd. along with several other lawyers. She has been a Law Advocate at the Supreme Court of Nepal for the last 15 years. As a practicing lawyer, Ms. Maharjan has been providing legal aid to needy persons, refugees and victims of gender based violence for last 15 years. She has represented hundreds of cases as pro bono lawyer at the various courts including in the Supreme Court of Nepal. She has served as Lawyer/Researcher/Legal Officer at Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD), Nepal, United Nations High-Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR), Nepal, Supreme Court of Nepal, Lalitpur District Court, and short-term assignments with various other institutions. I am joining this network to explore the ideas and knowledge about the legal empowerment and to share my experience with world community.
Sabin Shrestha is the network champion (main point of contact) for Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD).

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