Bhrikuti Rai is an award-winning Nepali journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on human rights, the environment, and migration.

Her stories have appeared in several Nepali and international outlets like Nepali Times, The Kathmandu Post, The Los Angeles Times, Radiolab,  Reportagen and BBC among others. In 2017, she won a Fulbright scholarship to pursue a Masters degree at Columbia University in New York, where she specialized in investigative journalism.

She loves all things audio and is co-founder of Boju Bajai podcast, which she started with Itisha Giri in 2016. Boju Bajai began as a passion project to address the void that exists in the discourse around gender and the politics of gender in Nepal and South Asia. In 2023, Bhrikuti received a South Asia Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity for Boju Bajai’s two-part series on abortion rights in Nepal

Bhrikuti Rai

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Bhrikuti Rai
Human rights, forced labour, migration

Supported projects

Bitter Berries - Exploitation of Nepali Workers in Portugal

  • Agriculture
  • Exploitation
  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Trafficking

KATHMANDU / ODEMIRA / BERLIN – This investigation revealed a system of informal agencies and debt bondage that thousands of Nepali migrant workers face when working in Portuguese berry fields.

Chasing the European Dream

  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Trafficking

ODEMIRA - Changing migration patterns mean that more Nepalis are now travelling to western Europe via dangerous, illegal routes in the hopes of obtaining residence in a European country like Portugal.