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Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE)

Presence in: Nepal
Focus: Education, Gender-based violence, Livelihoods

Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE) was established in 2008 by former female victims of human trafficking on the principle that survivors can create social change to eradicate human trafficking and reintegrate human trafficking survivors into society as respected members of the community and to increase women’s access to justice and achieve systematic change within the legal system.

SASANE has adopted a rights-based approach to break cycles of exploitation and rich victimization and address the conditions facilitating the recent increase in human trafficking and the explosive growth of Nepal’s night entertainment sector. SASANE’s innovative strategy of social change consults with and engages trafficking survivors in anti-trafficking activities to simultaneously transform the lives of other victims and tackle systematic inequality, exploitation and injustice.

SASANE’s mission is to end the physical and sexual exploitation of women and girls, ensure their legal rights, and empower them to live free and dignified lives. This will be done through increasing women’s access to justice, concluding in the ultimate goal of ending human trafficking in Nepal and the eventual reintegration of society and their communities.

People Associated With This Organization

Jeny Pokharel

Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE)
Joined June 2016
Interests: Education, Gender-based violence, Livelihoods
Born and raised in Nepal I have studied Social Work and am passionately working in the field of women's legal and economic empowerment from the past two years. Women related issues are synonymous to Nepal which dragged my interest to work in this sector. I have been presently working in Samrakshak Samuha Nepal, SASANE. I have been working with the female human trafficking survivors in the organization focusing in their empowerment and education. Women issues and Nepal are synonymous to one another. Keeping this in mind working in women’s setting has been my interest since school days.
I do have an experience of working in the research field in unsafe abortion, premature sex and child marriage. Recently I have been promoted as a Secretariat Office Manager, of Girls Not Brides Nepal (They are autonomous partnerships that are associated with Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnerships to End Child Marriage. They are composed of a critical mass of Girls Not Brides members, who decide to work together to address child marriage in their country. National Partnerships share the values and mission of Girls Not Brides).
Nepal needs to be changed and we are the one responsible to change it. Following the same interest I am taking all the opportunities through which I could learn and then implement the same learning here in my country. My bachelor’s level research was based on the attraction of rural women in the entertainment business. I was able to win a UNWTO AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION IN TOURISM for the organization I have been working in.
Presently I have been doing my Master’s in Social Work in Kathmandu, Nepal and have an aim for working in the sector of women. I want to make the women of Nepal confident and able to identify their needs and stand for their betterment independent and able.

Shyam Kumar Pokharel

Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE) (Unverified)
Joined July 2018
Interests: Gender-based violence, Labor & Employment, Livelihoods
I am a licensed attorney and have extensive experience in the human trafficking field, having served for the Nepal Supreme Court for more than 20 years before entering into the non-governmental organization sector as a human trafficking expert. I have been the author of numerous research papers regarding human trafficking, including, most recently, a well received study on human traffickers conducted in association with Daywalka Foundation in Nepal. My extensive experience in Nepal’s legal system uniquely positions me to tackle systemic injustices at all levels: from empowering trafficking survivors as paralegals to working with the supreme courts to establish critical precedents. For a long time, I have been involved in various academic as well as social activities related to inhumane sex exploitation of women and children and, legal and health rights for these groups of people. Currently I am working in a Non Governmental Organization known as “Samrakshak Samuha Nepal."

Shyam Pokharel

Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE) (Unverified)
Joined October 2017
Interests: Generalist Legal Services
Shyam Pokharel is a licensed attorney with extensive experience in Nepal’s legal system and expertise in human trafficking. He is regarded as an expert in the field both nationally and internationally and is involved in various academic and educational programs, as well as social initiatives related to the inhumane exploitation of women and children. He currently is currently working as Director and Legal Advisor for the Non Governmental Organization (NGO) Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE) after founding the organization in 2007, and handing the leadership over to women in 2008.
Jeny Pokharel is the network champion (main point of contact) for Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE).

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