Bidya Shrestha Maharjan
A teacher by profession, Bidya Shrestha Maharjan is a human rights defender from the Kathmandu valley of Nepal. She is the women’s president of the World Newa Guthi, an indigenous community organization that works to protect the rights of the Newa Guthi people. An indigenous woman herself, Bidya has long been leading the movement to stop the illegal road expansion in the valley inhabited by the Newa Guthi people, which has already seen the displacement of thousands who have not been compensated and/ or have been left landless. During the course of her work for the community, the human rights defender has been threatened several times, physically attacked and arbitrarily detained.