The Darnal Award for Social Justice is an annual international award that celebrates and honors the short but extraordinary life of Suvash Darnal.
Each year the Award will recognize and support the work of an individual, organization, or a movement that has been steadfastly fighting for social justice, dignity, and a better future for the Dalits and other marginalized people in Nepal and beyond. Sarita Pariyar is launching the Award through her Trust Fund in partnership with Jagaran Media Center, a pioneering media organization dedicated to Dalit issues. The Inaugural Award comprises a prize of five lakh Nepalese rupees (NPR 500,000), which will be presented on August 15, 2016, the anniversary of Suvash Darnal’s tragic death.
Suvash Darnal deeply respected and admired people fighting for justice and freedom in all corners of the world. This Award is also a tribute to the power of ordinary people who have demonstrated unwavering courage and passion in their efforts to bring change in society. It seeks to inspire everyone to work towards a society that is just, equal and free, especially for the marginalized and disadvantaged. The Award will support the work of the Darnal awardees and build collaborative partnerships with individuals, institutions and movements dedicated to advancing the cause of social justice.
Suvash Darnal and Sarita Pariyar knew that the struggle for social justice and inclusive democracy, especially in a highly stratified society like Nepal, would be a long and complex journey. They also knew that a crucial element of this journey would be producing and sharing knowledge. The Darnal Award website will serve as an interactive knowledge platform that allows and encourages people in and outside Nepal to share their ideas and expand the discourse of social justice.
Photo: Dalit children in Baglung, Jagaran Media Center