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Documentary series: Life on the front line
Broadcasting: NPO2/ NTR
About: A portrayal of men and women from around the globe who have chosen to fight for their ideals, sometimes putting their own lives at risk, in order to combat injustice, exploitation or oppression. Some of them strive to preserve nature, some for equal rights for all.
Nepal – Girls as merchandise
Urmila Chaudhary is a Nepalese women’s rights activist and a former domestic slave under the kamalari system. At the age of six, she was forced to leave her family and was sold into domestic servitude. For 11 years she was exploited, abused, and forced to work without any compensation in the house of a wealthy, well-known family in Kathmandu. Upon gaining her freedom at 17, Chaudhary decided to fight for the many girls still enslaved under the kamalari system. She does this together with Plan Nepal/Nederland
Indira Ranamagar is a social worker and founder of non-profit organization Prisoner’s Assistance Nepal that looks after the children of criminal parents living in jails. Ranamagar took a deep interest in the welfare of prisoners and their families from an early age, and after becoming well acquainted with their struggles through various social projects, she founded Prisoner’s Assistance Nepal in 2000. Her continued work through the organization has led to the opening of four children’s homes, two schools, and various other social projects aimed at helping prisoners and their children.