Ms. Jaya Luintel is a prominent, nationally acclaimed journalist and women’s rights advocate. She began her journalism career at Radio Sagarmatha, the first community radio station in South Asia. Throughout her 17 year broadcast career, she has designed and executed radio projects focusing on women’s empowerment, gender justice, health & nutrition, HIV /AIDS and violence against women. The radio program she designed and directed at Equal Access Nepal, received the prestigious One World Media Special Award in the UK in June 2010. Internationally trained at Radio Netherland Training Center and Deutsche Welle Radio Training Center, she herself has trained hundreds of people during her journalism career, most of them women.

Jaya was a Global Change Leader Fellow and a Coady Women’s Leadership Research Fellow in 2016 at the Coady International Institute in Nova Scotia, Canada. She was chosen as one of BBC’s 100 Influential Women of 2014 and was an Asia Foundation Development Fellow the same year. She has been internationally recognized for her communications work in the areas of gender, women’s rights and the empowerment of marginalized people.