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Talk with Nepali Activist

Hi Cultural Nomads,

Come enjoy an evening with an important Nepali activist, Bishnu Pariyar—Founder of Empower Dalit Women of Nepal (EDWON)—as she shares with us about her experiences of being a Dalit (previously known as “untouchable”) woman growing up in Nepal!

Bishnu Pariyar: a Dalit woman from rural Nepal who, since childhood, has fought against oppression related to gender, caste and poverty, founded Empower Dalit Women of Nepal (EDWON) in 1998. She remains the inspirational heart of the organization, which she leads with the help of a small Nepali staff and a voluntary organization based in Cambridge, MA. Her story is a perfect illustration of “the girl effect”, and of “turning oppression into opportunity”.


Empower Dalit Women of Nepal (EDWON): works with rural Dalit women who are repressed by caste and gender. Grassroots interventions enable women to build solidarity, claim their rights and act as change makers. Simple programs build their capacity through empowerment and rights education, skills training, and micro finance.

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  • David B.

    Talk should have included newsletter information.

    April 20, 2013

  • David B.

    It dovetails with some of the things you were telling me.

    I sent the Meetup web site a suggestion about albumizing - something that organizers and members can do as event followups.

    April 20, 2013

  • David B.


    It was a pleasure meeting you and the others.

    Some Nepal-in-the-US thoughts:

    The web is a good way to raise funds in the US for Nepal.

    One or more 'Ning' websites is a good way to oversee raising funds and other forms of support for Nepal.

    'Ning' websites are free - Google 'Ning' to see what I am talking about.

    I think the newsletter should be an electronic file that can be distributed through web site(s).

    OpenOffice is free with no strings - Google 'OpenOffice'.

    The MA college / church support that already exists can do "Ning' and 'OpenOffice' - be generous with Jpeg (image) file insertion in the electronic version of the newsletter.

    You have my email address if you want to discuss any of this.

    Good luck: David Butler

    April 19, 2013

  • David B.

    Love the intimate setting.

    Newsletter could be an OpenOffice-Writer file - a downloadable item.

    Talk was interesting but there wasn't enough personal detail as in the newsletter - maybe point to newsletter info as part of the talk.

    The meetup picture doesn't do her justice - she has a sweeter disposition than the image conveys.

    April 18, 2013

  • Carol

    Caught up at work:(

    April 18, 2013

  • David B.

    I like the idea of meeting in a cafe.

    April 18, 2013

  • Helen

    Do they have gluten free food

    April 17, 2013

  • Aki

    Looking forward to it

    April 17, 2013

  • Daryl C.

    Andala Cafe wants to remind you to order food at the event!

    April 14, 2013

  • David B.

    Interesting background.

    April 5, 2013

  • M L

    are we inviting her to dinner, hosting something, or what exactly is the plan/format?

    March 28, 2013

    • Daryl C.

      We sit in a large circle while she shares with us about her experiences!

      March 29, 2013

  • Tatiana

    Oh, I wish I could go but I'll be out of the country! Please write some comments after the event!

    March 29, 2013

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