Jyoti Poudel has nearly 20 years of experience protecting women’s rights in Nepal. Currently, she chairs the Consortium for Women’s Rights (CWR), an organization that provides direct legal services and builds the capacity of women to protect their own legal rights. Through her work with CWR, Jyoti provides professional development opportunities for female lawyers. Additionally, she advocates for policies that protect women’s rights and seeks to educate women about their legal rights and mechanisms for protecting them.
Prior to joining CWR, Jyoti spent six years coordinating the advocacy program of the Women’s Rehabilitation Center in Lalitpur. Jyoti began her career at the Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre and also worked in many other law offices prior to joining WOREC. Jyoti received both an LL.B. and a master’s degree in sociology, with a focus on Nepalese abortion law, from Tribhuvan University. As a PILnet Fellow, she will be developing a policy reform project on protecting the rights of women living in rural areas of Nepal.