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Nepali Women's festival Teej Celebrated in Somerville, 2 Nepali women honoured PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pradeep Pariyar Thapa Magar   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 22:27

Boston, MA- It was a memorable red saree gala event in Somerville, MA on Thursday (September 9, 2010) evening when Nepalese American women from this area came together to celebrate the famous Nepali women festival Teej.


Nepalese women from Somerville, MA celebrating Teej festival on September 9, 2010. Photos:

The event was organized by the Lions Club of Himalayan, New England (Boston).

Besides the electrifying performance of popular Teej songs and accompanying dance by the red saree clad Nepali women, there was an award ceremony where two Nepalese American women leaders were honoured for their contribution to the Nepalese community.

Bishnu Maya Pariyar and Bharati Gautam (right) delivering her award acceptance speech. Photos:

The honourees were Ms. Bishnu Maya Pariyar, a resident of Somerville and the founder & President of 'Empower Dalit Women of Nepal' (EDWON) and Bharati Gautam, a Nepali writer and former VP of International Nepali Literary Society (INLS).

About Bishnu Maya Pariyar, Somerville, MA resident

Ms. Bishnu Maya Pariyar is a prolific social entrepreneur and one of the most admired personalities among Nepalese women. Her struggles and achievements are inspiration to the dalit (so-called untouchable) community and beyond. As a dalit woman she struggled to ease the social stigma on the untouchability and by doing so she played a vital role to uplift the dalit community in Nepal.

Bishnu Maya Pariyar delivering her award acceptance speech. Photos:

She has made significant impact in the fields of human rights of women and Dalits (so-called untouchable) as well as in bringing social change through development. And her contributions have not gone unnoticed. In recent times, she was awarded including The Bridge Builder Award from the Harvard University, Perdita Hudson Human Rights Award by United Nations Association of USA, Dr. Ambedkar Award by Association of International Dalit Organizations, Margaret McNamara Memorial Award by World Bank Family Network, Pauline Tompkins Award, Women's Leadership Award and President Cup Award from Pine Manor College.

Ms Pariyar was aslo awarded "INDIA New England Woman of the Year for 2006" by INDIA New England, a bi-weekly newspaper dedicated to the community and business interests of the Asian-Indian community in New England and Social change Fellow from Clark University.

She has earned a Bachelor's degree in Social and Political Systems from Nepal and the USA and a Master's degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University. She now works in the USA as an advocate and counselor on domestic violence, while dedicating the rest of her time in uplifting of Nepal's marginalized people. She also serves as Director for NRN Affairs in North Eastern Region  Massachusetts, USA.

Know more about her work at:

Empower Dalit Women of Nepal (EDWON)'s official site:


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