Shanta Laxmi Shrestha is an advocate of gender equality, women’s human rights and sustainable development. She is one of the SRHR champions and initiated SheDecides movement in Nepal in March 2019 in cooperation with the ARROW. She had worked in the government and in non-government organizations in Nepal, Eritrea, Tanzania, and Zambia.
Ms. Shrestha advocates for women’s human rights globally by being a member of South Asia Feminist Constituency of CSOs Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), Asia Pacific Women Watch (APWW), Safe Abortion Advocacy Initiative Global South Engagement (SAIGE), Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)’s, Women Major Group and Inroads, and by attending UN Sessions such as UN CSW, CPD and HLPF. She has written books and manuals on Gender Equality, SRHR, Abortion Stigma, Fertility awareness.
She is the first Woman National Coordinator of the Human Rights National Magna Meet (HRNMM) and has established Women’s Human Rights Award in 2015 to be awarded to a woman human rights activist of Nepal annually. She has been serving the Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC) Nepal since 2014 fully as the chairperson.