Bidhata Poudel has devoted her legal career to confronting caste discrimination in Nepal. As a legal and policy officer at the Feminist Dalit Organization
(FEDO), she provides legal services to victims of caste and gender discrimination with a focus on cases related to the Dalit community, a social group traditionally regarded as untouchable within Nepali society. Bidhata is also treasurer of Public Interest Law Advocacy and Litigation Nepal (PILAL). PILAL was established and is run by the PILnet International Fellows of Nepal; the organization aims to advance human rights in Nepal through litigation and advocacy and works in close partnership with PILnet.
Bidhata has been involved in ongoing fact-finding missions regarding gross violations of Dalit women’s human rights by state and non-state actors. Along with relevant policy analysis, this work has provided vital credibility for Bidhata’s lobbying efforts to improve protections for Dalit women.
Bidhata received her master’s degree from Kathmandu School of Law. She is a member of the Nepal Participatory Action Network, the Professional Development and Research Center, and Amnesty International. As a PILnet International Fellow, Bidhata developed a project on how best to advocate for Dalit women and promote programs that will help raise public awareness and address the plight of Dalit women.