Shashi Kumary Adhikary (Raut)

Shashi Kumary Adhikary’s dogged determination to fight discrimination against women is apparent in her decades-long struggle for gender-sensitive legislative changes.

A practicing lawyer and legal aid consultant for over 20 years, Shashi is deeply committed to the improvement of women’s rights in Nepal at all levels. Her work demonstrates a holistic approach that targets the key stakeholders crucial to not just the formulation but also enforcement of just laws for women and children to enjoy fundamental freedoms. Currently, she serves as President of Legal Aid and Consultancy Center (LACC) and is a reader at the Faculty of Law at Tribhuvan University.

Shashi campaigns for gender equity within the nation’s laws and women’s access to equitable justice. She devotes herself to promoting women’s rights in a broad range of issues, from education and property rights, to the basic right of identity. To this end, she is involved in range of activities, from organizing awareness and legal education programs at the village level, to building leadership capacities of women in community-based organizations, as well as running trainings for police officers, political leaders and government officials on gender issues and peace building.

Shashi says, “In Nepal it is very difficult to recognize the equal treatment of men and women as there are so many discriminatory laws regarding women. The feminist movement plays a vital role regarding the rights of women in so many sectors”. As Nepal rebuilds and reforms take place following its decade long conflict, Shashi’s work ensures women rights are enshrined in laws and that women can access justice on the path to peace.