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Lily Thapa is the Founder and President of Women for Human Rights (WHR), a Nepal based NGO that works for the rights of widows and single women affected by conflict in 73 districts across the country. Ms. Thapa is also a Lecturer at Tribhuwan University, she is the General Secretary of South Asian Network of Widows' Empowerment in Development (SANWED) and Vice President of Sankalp, a network of women’s alliances for peace. She has received many national and international awards for her contribution towards women's empowerment. Ms. Thapa’s qualifications include a Master of Sociology and Anthropology from Tribhuwan Univeristy, Nepal, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Women and Management from Luleo University, Sweden, and she is presently studying a PhD at Tribhuwan University focusing on conflict widows of Nepal.