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The Adult Entertainment Sector in Nepal: learning from research, policy and practice

10 Nov
08:00-10:00 (GMT)

Anti-trafficking checkpoint at Nepal-India border. Photo: NISER

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In this event, GAGE will situate our findings within current debates related to the broader themes of modern slavery and trafficking. This will include:

  1. unpacking the role of discriminatory practices driven by norms and values which push girls into the AES and which also render them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation;
  2. highlighting the need to address these root causes in order to prevent modern slavery and trafficking; and
  3. discussing how contemporary globalization gives rise to new forms of abuse and exploitation.

The workshop is a sharing/learning webinar where we aim to share our findings but also learn from other stakeholders who have been engaging in long-term research, policy and programming related to the AES in Nepal. Although not the focus, the current Covid-19 context in Nepal will also be brought out as a cross-cutting dynamic.


  • 1:45 – 1:55

Dr. Fiona Samuels, welcome and overview of Nepal GAGE programme

  • 2:00 – 2:15

Dr. Karuna Onta (Chair), objectives of the workshop and sharing experience from her engagement in policies and programmes related to Modern Slavery, AES and Trafficking

  • 2:15 – 2:30

Ms. Sita Ghimire, presentation from research on women and girls migrating for work in the entertainment business

  • 2:30 – 2:45

Ms. Balkumari Ale, presentation of experiences of programme implementation in the Adult Entertainment Sector (AES)

  • 2:45 – 3:00

Dr. Anita Ghimire, gendered experiences of adolescent girls working in the Adult Entertainment Sector (AES)

  • 3:00 – 3:25

Q & A moderated by Dr Fiona Samuels

  • 3:25 – 3:35

Summary and closing remarks by the chair