I am Nelisha from Nepalgunj. I dream of a society where each and every child and girl lives a secure life and aims to bring positive change in the society. To bring equality I am looking forward to being a lawyer and getting involved in politics and social work and to advocate for Girls trafficking, gender based violence and Gender discrimination.
I have faced a tragic incident in my childhood. I was kidnapped by an unknown woman when I was four years old near my neighborhood. I was only 10 minutes away from Nepal-India border when I was rescued by my parents and police. Though I don’t remember much of the incident that happened in that tender age but it had indeed left an everlasting effect on my parents. While growing up, I could sense their fear and worries. As I grew up, I started to search for an answer for the insecure yet courageous behaviors of my parents who always pushed me to be the strongest and powerful soul.
Ever Since I realized what happened to me was an inhumane and unlawful crime, I started to imagine the possible consequences that I could have faced from that incident onwards if I had not been rescued in time. It haunted me. Every time I would hear any incident of trafficking, it would pain me. These feelings and thoughts kept triggering me to do something because I don’t want anyone else to go through the same. I was fortunate enough to be rescued in time but still most of the children are being trafficked to India everyday through different border points. Just a year ago, in my 15 I started to teach children on these issues and raised my voice against gender inequality.
I had initiated a child club where we are actively working to bring positive changes in our society. We conduct orientation and awareness programs on girls trafficking, gender discrimination and gender based violence every Saturday. This is a small step but a step towards bringing positive change. I got the information about the Girls Out Loud group and immediately became a member. I realized there are other young girls like me who are advocating for various issues like menstruation, sexual and reproductive health rights, child marriage, gender equality and GBV. I am inspired to share my story and work in the group where I can easily interact with girls and get their responses. It is a support system for me. Whenever I come across any problem, I can put forward the issue on the page and within a few minutes you get related information and suggestions from group members.