APCOM’s AIDS2020 Pre-Conference Speaker
Manisha Dhakal is transgender rights activist from Kathmandu. She has been involving in Nepal’s LGBTI rights movement since 2001 through different projects on HIV/AIDS, human rights activism, constitutional campaigns, advocacy, capacity building, academic research, and others in Blue Diamond Society, Nepal.
Manisha is currently the Executive Director of BDS , Nepal’s leading LGBT rights organization.
Regionally, Manisha is one of the founder member of the Asia-Pacific Transgender Network representing South Asia. She is former Co Chair of ILGA Asia Board. She is also board member of IRGT; A Global Network for Trans women and HIV.
She was awarded the “Nai Ram Laxmi” National award in 2010 for her contributions to the LGBTI movement in Nepal. On 21 December 2007, the Supreme Court of Nepal issued a landmark verdict directing the government to enact laws enabling equal rights to LGBT citizens. Manisha was involved in court pleadings on this case on behalf of LGBTI people before the Supreme Court.
Manisha possesses a master’s degree in finance from Shanker Dev College, Kathmandu.