Sumnima Tuladhar has extensive experience in child protection issues, child sexual abuse , online child protection, street children, human trafficking, child participation and children in armed conflict. She has conducted and published various researches on trafficking, child sexual abuse, children and substance use, children in conflict, child labour, etc.
As an expert on child rights in Nepal, she is engaged in policy advocacy on child rights and conducts awareness programs to social workers, health officials, teachers, and law enforcing agencies on a regular basis.
Sumnima is the National Coordinator of Nepal Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAPA) and is actively engaged in advocacy for the comprehensive national alcohol policy in Nepal. She is also actively engaged in advocating for the prevention of drug use in children.
Sumnima is a former board member of ECPAT International, and a founding member of AATWIN (Alliance against trafficking in women and children) and Women’s Network for Peace (Shanti Malika). She is also associated with the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards in Nepal.
Sumnima has been working passionately towards these causes for the past 32 years in the child rights. She currently serves as an Executive Director of CWIN-Nepal. Sumnima has a Masters degree in Humanities and has received number of trainings on various subjects related to child rights.
Established in 1987, Child Workers in Nepal Concerned Centre (CWIN) is a pioneer child rights organisation in Nepal. CWIN-Nepal is an advocacy organisation for the child’s rights with a focus on children living and working under the most difficult circumstances.
CWIN-Nepal addresses all the critical child rights and child protection issues that include child labour exploitation, abandonment and neglect, sexual exploitation, substance use among children, lack of access to quality education and training, lack of access to quality healthcare, including mental healthcare; trafficking and online child abuse. CWIN-Nepal carries out mass awareness on child rights conducts policy advocacy and works towards making government institutions more responsive and accountable to Nepal’s children for the realisation of their rights and overall development.
CWIN-Nepal builds partnerships with children and their associations, national alliances, international agencies and movements, the government agencies and private sector to bring the issue of child rights into a national agenda. It gives priority to empowerment of vulnerable children to promote agency of children to influence policy and practice with child rights based approach.
CWIN-Nepal is leading the national alcohol policy in Nepal and is a national coordinator for Nepal Alcohol Policy Advocacy (NAPA). As a partner of FORUT-Norway CWIN-Nepal has integrated alcohol, tobacco and drugs as a development issue in its programmes of action in the communities and its direct work with children and young people.
CWIN has been also undertaking a number of child development and protection services including the Child Helplines, transit centres, self-reliance and empowerment of children. CWIN has championed child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health issue in Nepal by initiating the first Child and Adolescent psychiatry OPD at the Kanti Children’s Hospital. Furthermore, CWIN also ventured into uncharted territory by undertaking reconstruction work necessitated by the devastating earthquake of 2015; most notably, the construction of 20 schools in Dolakha.
With a transformed federal system, CWIN has established its presence is all the seven provinces of Nepal through the Child Helpline Nepal 1098, which is the single comprehensive child protection mechanism in Nepal, which it runs in collaboration with the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens and the Nepal Telecom Authority.
Every year, CWIN-Nepal reaches out to at least 100,000 children and young people through various projects and interventions. It provides direct support to 20,000 children from vulnerable situations for their protection, mental health support, legal support, education support, vocational training and family reunion and social reintegration.