Indira Rana Magar is a Dedicated Social worker and Entrepreneur, who has been working for the welfare of prisoners and their children since 1993. She has devoted 27 valuable years of her life, rehabilitating the prisoners and providing education to their children. 50 years old selfless social worker is a founder of Prisoner’s Assistance Nepal, which advocates for the prisoners and their families. PA Nepal is a non-profit organization that works for the prisoners and their independent children in Nepal.
She has many national awards like Lilaram Kuntidevi Neupane Social Service Award 2014, NayeeKharaGaurab Award 2013, Excellent Social Worker Award 2013, Honored by Universal Peace Federation as Ambassador for Peace 2013, Navatalash Struggling Women Award 2012, Social Development Award 2012, Navadevi Shakti Award, National “SajhaAbhibhabak” and many more awards at the national level.
In 2014, Indira Ranamagar was nominated for the World’s Children Prize (WCP) as a top-three finalist along with Malala Yousafzai and John Wood. She won theWorld’s children prize honorary award in 2014 for her remarkable contribution toward the welfare of the children whose parents are serving their time in prison. On 22nd October 2014, Indira received the Honorary Award by Queen Silvia of Sweden for protecting the fundamental rights of the children.
Indira Rana Magar has been featured in the BBC’s top 100 influential women 2017 list as one of the most inspirational and influential women from around the world. She has rescued as many as 1600 children growing up in the prison. BBC 100 features the 47 year old for her noble work in rescuing children whose parents are serving time in prison.
In her introductory BBC video clip, she shared the story about the hard times of her childhood. She shared the story about the discrimination between a male child and a female child. Indira shares her difficult upbringing due to being a girl child. She worked with the renowned writer and human rights activist Parijat. After the death of the writer, she continued her work and established a non-profit organization in 2000 and is still doing her work. Indira Rana Magar is the only Nepali social worker to be included on the prestigious list for protecting prisoner’s rights.
Besides these recognized awards, she has many honorary international awards in her name. She has awards like; Ashoka Fellow 2005, Asia 21 Young Leader Public Service Award 2009. In the years 2005 and 2006, Boss magazine voted her as “50 most influential women of Nepal. She is also the Finalist of Justice makers, a project of International Bridges to Justice in 2010. In the same year, she was again voted by the Boss magazine as the “Best Social Entrepreneur”.
BBC Top 100 Influential women in the world 2017
BBC 100 Women is an annual, multi-format series, which observes the role of women in the 21st century. It began in 2013 to address the under-representation of women in the media. The annual series provides a platform for the women to examine the sexism they face on a daily basis. The BBC list includes women from all over the world with different fields of expertise. It has organized its events in London and Mexico.
After releasing the list of women, The “BBC women season” starts and it lasts for three weeks. There is a debate, online reports on the topic of women. Women from all over the world can participate through social media and can comment on the list. BBC organizes a survey program in different languages and gains a response from women all over the world. The selected top 100 influential women attend a conference, where they have to discuss in detail the challenges they face on a daily basis. There are different topics such as education, healthcare, domestic violence, genital mutilation, and sexual abuse.
World’s Children’s Prize Honorary Award 2014
World’s Children’s Prize Foundation (WCPF) is a nonprofit organization mobilized by the Swedish Postcode Lottery and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. The WCP program is run by the WCP foundation and was established in 2000. WCP conducts its program annually and starts its program by selecting three Child Rights Hero as candidates for the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child. They broadcast the stories of the selected candidates and the stories of the children they fight for, in global magazines and online platforms. The Prize program is open to all schools and humanitarian organizations from all over the world.
Global Vote system decides the winner. Children from all over the world can vote for their favorite heroes and help them win the recognized award. The nominee with the highest amount of vote wins the World’s Children Prize for the rights of the child and the remaining two nominees receive the World’s Children’s Prize Honorary Award. During the time of the program, Millions of children get the chance to know about the rights of the child and democracy, with the support of thousands of teachers.
Finalist, Justice Makers, a project of International Bridges to Justice, 2010
International Bridge to Justice is a non-governmental organization founded in Geneva, Switzerland in the year 2000. It is based in Geneva, Switzerland. The organization’s mission is to safeguard the fundamental justice of people in developing and underdeveloped countries by ensuring the right to competent legal representation and the right to protection against unusual punishments, as well as the right to free trial. The main objective of the organization is to end torture in this century.
Justice Makers is an online platform created by the organization to share information and best practice model in various criminal justice systems. Its members come from the global criminal defense community. Each year, the Justice Makers program organizes an innovation competition in the field of criminal justice, which awards and provides funding to the legal rights project around the world.
Voted “Best Social Entrepreneur”- Boss Magazine 2010
BOSS is Australia’s leading magazine for top entrepreneurs and commercial companies, as well as for those who wish to expand their ranks. Leadership, management, and corporate culture are the main topics in BOSS. The content reflects the need for the best social entrepreneurs to keep abreast of the latest ideas in leadership and job development. The Boss magazine helps readers to sail across the complex landscape of the modern business world. The magazine was published in 2000 and is the publication of choice for executives in the Australian business community.
Asia 21 Young Leaders Public Service Award 2009
The Asia 21 Action Lab is an initiative that was created to support organizations founded by Asia 21 Young Leaders, to boost the growth, create the impact of their work on Asia’s most important issues. As part of an initiative from the Asia Society, Every year they select and present the Asia 21 young leader public service award at the annual summit to recognize projects and organizations, which help the disadvantaged and deprived social and economic groups, communities, and the people of Asia.
The Award consists of US$10,000 along with the ongoing dynamic support of the current young leaders of Asia to the winning organization, as well as access to the global network of young leaders for program development and helps to repeat the models of their successful projects. This additional in-kind support will help the award-winning organizations equip themselves with the tools to expand to a higher level of service and to other regions around Asia.
Asoka Fellowship 2005
Ashoka Fellowship is the global association of leading social entrepreneurs comprising of men and women who share the vision, creativity, and determination of the entrepreneur, but who dedicate these qualities to the introduction of new solutions to business problems. Ashoka offers a lifetime scholarship program for individual social entrepreneurs.
The fellowship is an excellent platform to spread the work and impact of these people and help them grow and develop. In addition, it also offers a platform for fellow entrepreneurs to jointly develop more inclusive social innovations. It is not a foundation or service provider for social entrepreneurs, but a network of entrepreneurs and a catalyst for change.
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