Karuna Parajuli

Short Biography

A young litigator & activist from Nepal, the country with highest peak of the world Mt. Everest. She is working with renowned youth led law firm in Nepal. Ms Parajuli, member of UN Major Group for Children and Youth has represented Nepal as Youth Delegate into World Humanitarian Summit-2016, Istanbul, Turkey. She is also engaged with ASMITA Women's Publishing House Media & Resource Organization as Youth Trainer where she provides training to rural youths on their meaningful participation and access to opportunities. She has worked to prepare report on situation Youth rights and their meaningful participation in Nepal to include into the shadow report submitted by NGO coalition to UN Human Rights Council in 2015.

Ms Parajuli is a concept builder and facilitator of Youths to Youths (Y2Y) project that aims to train youth trainers on civic participation, democratic norms and voter rights to increase youth participation in local governance and development. Karuna is a member of Nepal Red Cross Society- Pokhara, Chapter and has been engaged to support people in Humanitarian crisis. She was actively involved in the relief and reconstruction initiations after the massive earthquake of Nepal in April 2015 along with her team of professionals. As humanitarian actors, her team stayed in most affected district Sindhupalchok for three months and served the people in rebuilding their houses and providing psychosocial support the youths and children at school. Her team frequently visits these places to help young people to rehabilitate back to society and provide counseling.

Karuna has been activist in youth network that yearly organizes South Asia Youth Conference. She has a strong network with South Asia Youths where they frequently conduct webinars, policy dialogue and discussion programs to address the contemporary issues. She has an interest in research works and also writes in national newspaper on various contemporary issues gender and youths. She successfully served as US Embassy Youth Council, Nepal Member-2013. She was a visiting fellow of Study of United States Institute (SUSI)-2013, Illinois, US.

Ms Parajuli envisions being a very competent young lawyer and policy maker to serve the people at grassroot level.

How do you motivate the youths living in developing world for the better future?

I as a realistic person have always believed in Lead by example. So to motivate the youth from developing world, I shall prove myself by enhancing my lawyer skills and being a competitive lawyer such that youths can take me as their role model and get positivity to do something innovative. Next thing, the youths in developing world are slowly being frustrated by witnessing the unemployment, inequality and problems in access to resources. Thus, I shall use my network be that South Asia youths network or network of other countries around the work to work in a common platform. This shall form their network where people from diverse background can work together and help to bring infinity of talent in this community. The youths need to more focus on collaborating and joint efforts. I see youths from NGO/social sectors, entrepreneurs and young politicians initiating their campaigns in different directions. As a young and energetic population such youths from various background should cooperate and work together.