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A woman of valor
3 May 2010-Monday
-The Cheeguz

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Her petite physique and simple demeanor do nothing to set expectations beyond average, however get her started on her life long quest of empowering women and a switch gets turned on. Anuradha Koirala visibly transforms into a woman shimmering with courage, a courage that goes well beyond extraordinary one-time acts of heroism.

"First you have to learn to take them as your own child. Then you will feel the sorrow and then the strength comes out from you to protect them.” That's one way to reduce sexual exploitation of women and children, thinks activist and lecturer Koirala who was most recently felicitated with the Courage of Conscience Award, at the Peace Abbery in Sherborn, Massachusetts.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of Maiti Nepal, which she started in a small house with her own savings. In her battle of 17 years against women trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and children, she has faced many adversaries but it has only gone to strengthen her resolve. Every once in a while, we come across an individual whose grit and determination makes them a real life hero, Anuradha Koirala is such an inspiration.

So worthy of the respect and admiration that she most definitely earned, she remains simple, humble and respectful. In the words of Anuradha, "Society rejects me and my girls, but they are the most important thing in my life… Please tell the world about my girls." And it's time to do so, tell the world about this visionary activist who's passion goes beyond reasoning. It’s our great honor as Nepalese, to have Koirala as a nominee for CNN Heroes 2010.

An annual television special created by CNN, the award honors individuals who have made exemplary contributions to help others. And this is our opportunity to honor Koirala, to honor a cause that's worthy of every single nomination you can cast. You can vote and be a part of CNN hero 2010.

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