Manisha Dhakal

Executive Director, Blue Diamond Society, Nepal

Manisha Dhakal is the executive director of Blue Diamond Society, Nepal's leading and largest LGBT rights NGO. She is also president of the Board of the Federation of Sexual and Gender Minorities Nepal, and founding member of the Board of the Asia-Pacific Transgender Network in Kathmandu, Nepal. She is a transgender LGBT rights activist and is involved with Nepal's LGBT rights movement through various projects related, but not limited to HIV/AIDS, human rights activism, constitutional campaigns, advocacy, capacity building, and academic research. Previously, she was a member of the Country Coordination Mechanism of the Global Fund. She was involved in the court pleadings on behalf of LGBT community on a case that concluded with Supreme Court of Nepal issuing a verdict to enact the law enabling equal rights for all LGBT citizens. Manisha holds an M.A. in finance from Shanker Dev College, Kathmandu. Manisha is a returning Fellow of the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum.


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