Thursday, November 04, 2004

Helping Hindu women in Nepal

CHRIS BERGERON

Thursday, November 4, 2004

A photographic exhibit celebrating Nepalese women's fight against caste discrimination is on display in the Morse Institute Library in Natick.

The 17 color images in "Women and Girls in Taklung: Gender and Caste in Rural Nepal," were taken by Lexington resident Eva Kasell during a visit to the Himalayan country.

The photographs are part of a cooperative effort by Kasell and Nepali native Bishnu Pariyar to generate support for a grassroots program to help Hindu women overcome social discrimination.

Pariyar and Kasell will discuss the photographs and the impact of the age-old caste system Sunday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m.

Kasell started a nonprofit organization, "Empower Dalit Women of Nepal," to raise awareness and funds for women trying to overcome social oppression.

"Dalit" is a term lower-caste Hindu women use to describe themselves. The organization provides literacy training and economic help.

For information about the program, call the Morse institute Library at 508-647-6520 or visit the Web site, www.morseinstitute.org.

Source: Daily News Tribune, November 4, 2004

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