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INNOVATOR PROFILE

PRATIMA GURUNG

Area of Expertise: Activism

"I became disabled at seven when I lost my hand in a truck accident. Suddenly, everything changed. People had different perceptions about my future—what I should do and not do, whether I should go to school, or whether I should get married...Empowering [indigenous women with disabilities] means that we must be at the table making decisions about the issues that affect us."
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Pratima Gurung is an activist for the rights of Indigenous peoples and women with disabilities in Nepal and Asia and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network.

https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2017/4/from-where-i-stand-pratima-gurung