Renu Karna

Renu Karna is young womens rights activist from east Madhes. She is head of Mukti Nepal, an NGO which is dedicated to fighting against the traditional practices such as the dowry, gender-based violence, rape, and so forth. She is also involved in various local and national level networks such as the Peace Youth Network. 

During a six month-long blockade at the border, she was involved in the local level peace dialogue process. It was not easy to speak up, though she was able to coordinate with NGOs, media, police and political leaders in helping out the women and girls to get cooking gas, fuel for their vehicles, and other daily essentials. 

Renu is recoginzed as a trainer at the district level.

Mukti’s main objectives are to:

1.    End all inequalities and injustices against women

2.    Protect and promote women’s rights

3.    Establish a culture of peace and respect for human rights

4.    End all caste-based inequalities

Mukti Nepal has been working in three main areas:

1.    Campaigning for Peace and Constitution:  Mukti Nepal, WHRD and the Human Rights network have been jointly organising rallies and meetings. They have done advocacy work and sent appeals to politicians, urging them to set a date for the Constituent Assembly elections and to guarantee womens seats in the Constituent Assembly.

2.    Womens Access to Justice: MUKTI has organised meetings to discuss how to tackle violence against women, bringing together members of the Village Development committee (VDC), members of District Development Committee (DDC), local politicians, police, government officers, members of civil society, and women. MUKTI also offers medical, legal and psychosocial support to women victims of violence. It has handled more than fifty cases of women victims of dowry and domestic violence.

3.    Campaigning against Violence against Women: In partnership with other organisations, it has campaigned to tackle domestic violence and has raised awareness on violence against women.
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