Maiti Nepal Fighting Girl Trafficking, an Interview with Flora Gurung

by Milena Rampoldi, ProMosaik e.V. – A very important interview with Mrs. Flora Gurung on tour in Germany with the girls of the association Maiti Nepal. Flora is also the director of the Teresa Academy, the school of Maiti Nepal. Maiti Nepal has been fighting against girl trafficking since more than two decades now. We thank her so much for her time. Prevention is the magic word to save as many women as possible from these criminals promising them work abroad and then forcing them to prostitution, or enslaving them. Education is the key to female empowerment. To know more about Maiti Nepal, please visit the following website: 

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Milena Rampoldi: What is the main objective of the KARAWANE of Maiti Nepal in Germany?
Flora Gurung: Maiti Nepal’s main mission is to prevent human
trafficking by reaching out to the people, particularly children and young
women by raising awareness. Nepal being a country which is  highly affected by trafficking and
exploitation of vulnerable within Nepal, India, middle east and even in Europe.
Therefore, to come to Germany and to let people know about the scenario of
women status in Nepal and changing 
dimension of trafficking through Karawane is one of the important
objective. Experience has proved that awareness or prevention activities in
abroad can yield high results. It encourages people to play active role in
preventing trafficking.

Secondary, it is a platform for the children to
showcase their talent and also to know other cultures, style of living and to
formulate joint plans of action to prevent trafficking.

MR: ProMosaik e.V. thinks that dancing is a form of resistance against all kind of
violence against women. What do you think about the universal language of

FG: Dance is a form of language that transcends not only
culture but it expresses feelings, emotions and release anxiety and stress.
Anybody can understand you through body movement; dancers are a storyteller who
has an ability to share their stories with body language. Regardless of which
language you speak where we are from, we can all find common ground through

MR: Violence of all kind against women, from forced labour to rape and forced
prostitution, is something all humanity should care of. How can Maiti Nepal be
an example for other organisations?

FG: Since last 22 years Maiti Nepal has been working for
the welfare of Women and girl child. It has been actively engaged in the
protection, rescue and rehabilitation of survivors of trafficking by promoting
their human rights in diversified avenues. Maiti Nepal is pioneer organization to
run transit homes at boarders and have successfully rescued survivors from the
point of vulnerability in such years.


MR: Which are the main problems women have in Nepal before they decide to go abroad
for work?

FG: Even in the 20th century the condition of women and
girl child in rural area is pathetic, the percentage of literacy among women is
almost negligible. Women are often considered interior to men in various ethnic
groups; Girls are denied opportunities for education and ultimately put them
into risk of trafficking and exploitation.

Poverty, lack o f education, lack of employment
opportunity and gender discrimination is the biggest risk factor that makes
victim vulnerable. Such group of girls and women are naïve and cannot take
decision in their own and accept distant job offers.

MR: How can we prevent them from leaving their country?

FG: 1. Free education for the girls.

2. Provision of income generating training and
gainful training and employment opportunities to the vulnerable.

3. Carried out awareness campaign and training on
anti trafficking measures to the young girls, so that they can avoid being
tricked and enticed by stranger who come to their village and attempt to lure

4. Lobbying with Nepali Government to establish
strong surveillance system within the borders to India and in the airports.

MR: How can education help women to get strong and to fight for their rights in

FG: Education is the most important tool that offers
inner and outer strength to a person. It brings desires and upliftment in the
human mind and society. Educated women would listen to all, but always do what
suits her best. It is impossible to fool an educated person for it would take
reasoning and logic to her in the trap, as education makes us right thinker and
good decision maker. Education helps to understand the existence rights for
women and practices it. It not only makes women able to read and write but it
makes them smart enough to learn how to live life and handle any kind of situations.