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Young Women of Substance

Sabrina Singh works to promote rural women entrepreneurship at Daayitwa, and helps develop courses and writes about adaptive leadership at the Nepal Leadership Academy. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College, USA, where she studied Political Science and Anthropology, and graduated with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa.

Sabrina was motivated to return to Nepal after her three month experience as a Daayitwa Fellow in 2014. She conducted research on the topic of women’s inclusion in politics and saw firsthand the systemic and adaptive challenges in governance of the country. In the past, she has served as an organising member of TEDx Kathmandu 2012, was selected as British Council’s Global Changemakers, and acted as a summer fellow at Harvard Law School’s Office of Public Interest Advising.

Sabrina Singh
24, Program Coordinator, Daayitwa

What is the best thing about what you do?
I love the team I work with at Daayitwa. We are a group of eclectic, ambitious, intelligent leaders, innovators, writers, activists and thinkers representing many corners of Nepal and with experience from many corners of the world. At a time when the mood of the country is pessimistic, it is great to be at a place where there is so much risk-taking attitude and courage.

How important is financial independence?
Financial independence is important insofar as it is an indicator of self-esteem and agency. If financial dependence on someone makes that person have power over you, then financial independence is of utmost importance.

What are the three things that are most important for a person to succeed?
I am figuring that out myself! But so far, a learning attitude and being a keen observer of systems and people have helped.

What is your work mantra?
I always ask myself why I am doing what I am doing. I find that the “why” is as important as the “what.” I work for women entrepreneurship and leadership because there is a strong call to action in these areas; if I did not see a strong “why” behind my work, I would cease to enjoy it.

Your inspiration…
Women who have turned pain into power, injustice and systemic inequalities often inspire me to act.

Your challenge
I am trying to fine-tune ways of knowing and listening to myself better. Also, it’s challenging how to balance between having fun and doing serious work!

Besides work:
I love dancing hip-hop which a way for me to de-stress and not think about work. I also love reading and have recently ventured into autobiographies. I’m reading Hillary Clinton’s right now, which is a fascinating read, especially at this time because of her recent election loss.