Bandana Rana is the chair of the Global Network of Women Shelters. She is one of the leaders of the women's movement in Nepal with more than 25 years of active engagement in promoting women's rights and gender equality. Bandana Rana is a co-founder and currently the executive chair of Saathi a pioneer NGO working on violence against women and girls and shelters since 1992. She has led many advocacy programs and research related to Gender Based Violence in the conflict and post conflict situation of Nepal. She founded Sancharika Samuha (Forum of Women in Media) and led numerous advocacy programs focused on media interventions and enhancing participatory communication at all levels – community, national and regional.
Bandana Rana has in the past served as President of Nepal's National Women’s Commission. She was the first woman to serve in the board of directors of Radio Nepal and Press Council of Nepal. She has also worked as gender and communications consultant at different times with UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and UN Women. She is steering committee member of Global Network of Women Peacebuilders. Bandana Rana is a member of the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group as well as Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Group for Women Peace and Security.