2014 Asia Foundation Development Fellow



Ms. Jaya Luintel, is a prominent, nationally acclaimed journalist and women’s rights advocate. Jaya is the Founder of The Story Kitchen (2012), which aims to amplify women’s voices and stories by utilizing traditional media tools. She has spent nearly half of her life listening to and amplifying women’s voices and their stories in Nepal. At Equal Access Nepal from 2007 to 2010, she designed and executed several radio projects focusing on women’s empowerment, gender justice, health and nutrition, and HIV and AIDS. Through the radio program Samajhdari (“Mutual Understanding”), a winner of prestigious 2010 One World Media Special Award, Jaya pioneered the groundbreaking community reporter approach to provide training to rural, minority, and women survivors of violence and engage them in radio production. She is also the recipient of the 2009 “Celebrating Womanhood BHAGAWATI Awards” in Nepal for highlighting women’s issues and achievements through her radio programs to create positive social change. Jaya was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship Affiliate participant at Stanford University in 2010-2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology and is pursuing her master’s degree in Gender Studies from Tribhuwan University in Nepal.