Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar, Hon. D.Litt.
I believe in change in the society. I am a social worker and development worker. I dream big and I work for under privileged women and children in Nepal and United States. If you believe in my work, please join the cause. Change is possible and we all can become an Agent of change.
I am a social worker and work in the field of social development and domestic violence against women and children.
Training Leadership | Outreach / Education| Project management| Research & Reporting
Participated in over 50 national and international conferences as a panelist and speaker. Received over 40 awards for recognition in areas of social responsibility, community service and social issues related to women and children.
I am a dedicated social service professional whose mission is to empower those in need through my experience and caring spirit.
My life-struggle story has been featured at higher education text book, ‘The Writer’s Mindset’ by Dr. Lisa Wright Hoeffner which was published by one of the world’s top publications, McGraw Hill in 2021. The story is featured between 591-594 pages.
2013: Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.)
Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
2007: Master of Arts, International Development & Social Change
Clark University, Worchester, MA, USA
2004: Bachelor of Arts, Social & Politics Systems
Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
Harvard University, Boston College, Northeastern University, Brandeis University, Clark University, Pine Manor College, Skidmore College, Berkshire Community College, Simon’s Rock College.
Amnesty International, UNIFEM, World Bank, Oxfam America, UN Association of the National Capital Area, Korea Women’s Development Institute (KWDI), Karuna Trust, UK
2022: Spoken at Frontrunners Innovate, February 4, 2022
2022: Spoken at Pre-Districting, Voting Rights, Community Mapping & Transparency by Stars Scholars, Society of Transnational Academic Researchers, January 29, 2022
2021: Spoken at Issue of Caste-based Discrimination & Role of Nepali Diaspora in America by NASO Community, November 23, 2021
2021: Spoken at Women Leadership in NRNA by Nepal Plus, Australia, September 12, 2021
2021: Spoken at Hamro Lens by DC Nepal, August 21, 2021
2021: Spoken at Global Talk by Global Media, June 26, 2021
2021: Spoken at NRNA Women Leadership, Experience, Challenges & Opportunity by Nepal Mamila, UK, January 1, 2021
2021: Spoken at Shrasta Sambad by Shrasta Sanjh America, July 31, 2021
2021: Spoken at Dignity & security of Dalit Women by ADWAN ORG / Friends of ADWAN, March 26, 2021
2021: Spoken at Blessings & Self Love by The Rotary Club of Jersey City, March 25, 2021
2021: Spoken at Domestic Violence Awareness & prevention by NRNA Americas Region, March 27, 20211
2020: Spoken as Key Note Speaker for the 6th World’s Women’s Conference 2020 organized by Women’s Study, July 27, 2020
2020: Spoken at on international panel on domestic violence and mental health organized by NRNA, July 21, 2020
2020: Spoken at Domestic Violence , Mental health During COVID -19 during lockdown organized by NRNA ICC and Hudson Speaks (Bolo Behen), October 3, 2020
2020: Spoken at Issue of Race, Casteism and Mental Health During COVID-19 organized by Department of Social Work, California State University, October 10, 2020
2020: Spoken at Kanunle Anta Garna Nasakeko Jatiya Bibhed Ra Himsha by Global Nepalese, June 6, 2020
2019: Spoken at NGO CSW63 on “Empowering Dalit, Indigenous & Marginalized Women and Girls: Achieving UN’s SDGs”, New York, March 15, 2019
2019: Spoken at Pine Manor College about leadership and Social responsibility, MA, USA, October 4, 2019
2019: Spoken at Gender based violence Conference at Harvard University organized by Office of Sexual Assault and Prevention and Response , Harvard University, MA, USA
2019: Spoken as Key Note Speaker for the 6th World’s Women’s Conference 2020 organized by Women’s Study, July 27, 2020
2019: Spoken at NGO CSW63: “Empowering Dalit, Indigenous & Marginalized Women and Girls: Achieving UN’s SDGs” March 15, 2019
2019: Spoken at Global Youth Leadership Summit 2019 in Nepal, April 26, 2019
2018: Spoken at International Women’s day organized by The Society of Foreign Consuls in New York during the International Women's Day celebration in New York on March 5, 2018
2018: Spoken at Challenges and Opportunities in achieving Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls.” Organized by UN Commission Status of Women at United Nation Headquarter in New York
2018: Spoken at “Rural Women’s Rights: Challenges and Opportunities”, Organized International Women’s Anthropology Conference (IWAC) at United Nation Headquarter in NY, March 16, 2018
2018: Spoken at ‘Out of Turn: Your Story. Your Turn. Your Impact’ South Asian Awareness Network (SAAN) at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, March 23, 2018
2018: Spoken at Panelist at UN High Level Political Forum Side Event on "Elimination of Child, force and Early Marriage" held in New York, July 12, 2018
2018: Spoken at 'Women’s Empowerment and Social Justice' at Northeastern University, April 14, 2018
2018: Spoken at About my life in London screened ‘Untouchable’ documentary which is based on life struggle and works of Nepali social entrepreneur organized by Karuna Trust, September, 2018
2018: Spoken at March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by ADWAN, ICDR and NASO Community USA
2017: Spoken at Gender and Safety Issues International Conference" in South Korea, June 23, 2017
2017: Spoken at About my life at NYU and screened ‘Untouchable’ documentary which is based on life struggle and works of Nepali social entrepreneur organized by Global Affair, NYU, November 25, 2017
2019-present: Coordinator, Hudson Speaks, CarePoint Health, Jersey City, NJ, USA
2015-2019: Outreach Educator, HUDSON Speaks, CarePoint Health, Jersey City, NJ, USA
2013-2014: Case Manager, HarborCov, Communities Overcoming Violence, MA, USA
2004-2014: South Asian Advocate/ Education and Outreach
at ASIAN TASK FORCE AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
2007-2012: Domestic Violence /Family Advocate
at NEPONSET HEALTH CENTER, Boston, MA, USA
2001-2003: Student Advisor, PINE MANOR COLLEGE, , Chestnut Hill, MA
1994-1997: Student Leader, University of Wisconsin, Kathmandu, Nepal
2001 Sept-2003 May: Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
1994 Aug-1997 May: University of Wisconsin College, Year in Nepal
1993-94: Center for Self Help Development (CSHD), Nepal
2004 (Sept-Dec): Oxfam America, MA, USA
2006: Lutheran World Relief, MA, USA
2003-04: Second Step, a battered women’s shelter
2002-03: Greater Boston Food Bank
2001-04: Pine Street Inn, a home for elderly homeless individuals
1. Caste Discrimination & Social Struggle in Nepal (2010)
2. Sambandha (Relation), book on domestic violence victims (2014)
Annapurna Daily, Kantipur Daily
Annapurna Daily, Avenues TV, Boston Sunday Herald, BRTNepal.com, eNepalese.com, Gorkhapatra, HimalayaKhabar.com, Indigenous TV, Kantipur daily, Kantipur TV, Khasokhas.com, Lexington Minute, NepalayaNews.com, Nepalism.com, Nepal 1 TV, Nepal Television, Ode Magazine, OnlineKhabar.com, Providence Journal, Radio Himalaya, Radio Nepal, Sagarmatha TV, Telegraph & Gazette, The Chronicle, The Daily News, The Himalaya Times, The Kathmandu Post, USNepalOnline.com, Voice of Women Magazine, Wellesley Townsman etc.
2022: Transgender & Non-Binary 101 by Trans-Affirming New Jersey
2022: Managing Change by Rutgers School of Social Work, NJ
2021: Centering the Margins by New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault
2021: Legal Service for Survivors Across Multi-Jurisdictional Consideration
2021: Human Trafficking Training by Human Trafficking Coalition
2021: Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Resilience during National Sexual Assault Conference by New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault
2021: Human Rights and Diplomacy Training by USIDHR
2016: The Community Business Academy Training by Rising Tide Capital, Jersey City, NJ
2015: Grant Writing and Technical Assistance Training by The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific islanders, New York/New Jersey Regional Network, City Hall, Jersey City, NJ
2014: Responding to Sexual Assault Disclosures Time -Boston by Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
2013: Integrating Homicide Risk Assessment Knowledge and Practice by Jane Doe Inc. and the Jeane Geiger Crisis Center, MA, USA
2013: Family Law and Child support by Suffolk Law School’s Battered Women’s Clinic, and the Family Advocacy Clinic, MA, USA
2013: Immigration Law Training By Irish International Immigration Center, MA, USA
2013: Elder Protective service training by Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs
2012: Assisting Families, Experiencing Homelessness by Massachusetts Law Ref
2012: Public Housing Training by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
2012: Basic Public Benefit Training by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
2012: CPA AED Training by American Heart Association
2012: First Aid Training by American Heart Association
2012: Responding to sexual Violence by Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
2012: Refugee & Immigration by Muslim African Women's Network
2013: Medical Assistant Program by Cooperative of Human Services, Inc.orm Institute
2012: Immigration and Public Benefits by by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
2012: Cash Assistance for Massachusetts family & Individual (TAFDC & EAEDC) by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
2009: Domestic Violence and the Empowerment Model: Putting Theory into Practice by Community Advocacy Program (CAP), MA
2008: Domestic Violence Danger Assessment and Risk Management by Emerge in Marlborough, MA
2007: Self-Sustainment and Self-Care Strategies for Domestic Violence Workers by Community Advocacy Program (CAP), MA
2007: Creating Connections: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Substance Abuse and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by Community Advocacy Program (CAP), MA
2007: Proactive Alternative for Change by Cooperative for Human Services, Inc.
2007-2010 & 2012: CAP Psycho-Educational and Support Groups by Community Advocacy Program
2007: Empathy & Engagement Training by Community Advocacy Program
2005: A Different Kind of Violence: Trafficking and Labor Exploitation in Massachusetts by Jane Doe Inc.
2021-2024: Member, Jersey City Employment & Training Board, City of Jersey City, NJ
2017-present: Founder & Chief Patron, ADWAN.ORG
2019-present: Emissary of Sister City between City of Jersey City and Nepal’s Indrawati Rural Municipality
2019-present: ICC Member, Non-Resident Nepalis Association (NRNA) Internal Coordination Council
2020-present: Co-Chair, NRNA ICC Children Welfare Task Force, Non-Resident Nepalis Association (NRNA) Internal Coordination Council
2020-present: Board Member, Inspiring South Asian American Women, USA
6. 2019-present: Vice Chair, All Ladies League, New Jersey Chapter for Business Networking, USA
2020-present: Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC) Nepal, Main Representative to UN
2015-present: Co-founder, Friends of ADWAN | www.friendsofadwan.org
2017-present: Co-founder, Jersey City Nepali Community (JCNC)
2017-2019: Honorary Council Member, Non-Resident Nepalis Association (NRNA) ICC
2017-2019: Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion Board, City of Jersey City
NJ, USA | www.cityofjerseycity.com
2017-current: Co-founder & Investor, NRN Women Fund (NWF)
USA | Nepal | www.nrnwomenfund.com
1996-present: Founding President, ADWAN.ORG (Association for Dalit Women’s Advancement of Nepal), Kathmandu, Nepal www.adwan.org
2015-present: Founding President, Women for Cause (WFC)
Jersey City, NJ | www.womenforcause.org
2014-2015: Chair, Women Empowerment Task Force, Non-Resident Nepalis Association (NRNA) ICC
2012-2013: Project Champion, NRNA ICC
Kathmandu, Nepal | www.nrn.org.np
2013-2018: Advisor, Pashupati Buddha Foundation, Boston, MA, USA
2010-2012: Advisor, Greater Boston Nepali Society (GBNC)
Boston, MA, USA
2013-2018: Advisor, Nepali-American Society for Oppressed Community (NASO Community), Baltimore, MD
2012-2012: Board of Director, Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRN USA)
USA | www.nrnusa.org
Awards | Recognitions
2021: 2021 NJ-11 Heroes award by U.S. Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (link)
2020: COVID-19 Hero award by New York City, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
2020: COVID-19 Champion award by United Sherpa Association, USA and Humanitarian of the World
2019: Women of Action award by City of Jersey City
2018: Dr. Ambedkar Global Change Maker Award by Foundation for Human Horizon USA
2018: International Women's Day Award by The Society of Foreign Consuls in New York
2018: Community Service Award by South Asian American Outreach Community (SACO), New Jersey
2018: Top 10 Nepali in USA by HimalayaKhabar.com, USA
2017: Citation from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams
2017: Children Education Certificate of Recognition by New York City Council Member Mathieu Eugene
2017: Top Ten Nepali in USA by BRTNepal.com, Colorado, USA
2016: Human Rights & Social Justice Award by Shrijanshil Samaj, UK
2016: INLS Navaratna Woman Award by International Nepali Literary Society (INLS)
2015: Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar Day (September 27, 2015) by City of Luoisville, Kentucky, USA
2015: Social Justice Award by Long Island Nepalese Society, New York
2015: Top 10 Famous Nepali in USA by NepalPati.com
2015: Defender of the Oppressed AWARD by by NAGC-WANA, San Francisco, CA
2013: Outstanding Social Service Award (Nepali Jana Samparka Samiti, New York Chapter)
2012: Appreciation Award (Nepalese Women's Global Network-NWGN California Chapter, USA)
2012: Outstanding Community Service Award (Nepalese Association of Southeast America-NASeA, GA, USA)
2012: Commendation for Outstanding Social work (Vishwa Parikrama Newspaper, VA, USA)
2011: Nepal Felicitation (Samman) 2068 (Sagaramatha Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal)
2011: Community Service Award (Greater Boston Nepalese Community-GBNC, MA, USA)
2010: Guest of Honor award (US Nepal Media Center, www.usnepalonline.com), NY, USA
2010: Solute Our Hero Award (Association of Nepalis in Americas-ANA,, Boston, MA, USA)
2009: Award for Social Work (Himalayan Lions Club of New England, MA, USA)
2007: Margaret McNamara Memorial Award (MMMF) (World Bank Family Network, Washington DC)
2007: Perdita Huston Activist for Human Rights Award (United Nations Association of the National Capitol Area, DC)
2005-07: Social Change Fellow “05”-“07” (Clark University, MA, USA)
2006: Woman of the Year 2006 (Indian New England, MA, USA)
2006; Bridge Builder 2006 (Harvard University, MA, USA)
2004: Pauline Tompkins Award (Pine Manor College, MA, USA)
2004: Women Leadership Award (Pine Manor College, MA, USA)
2003: Dr. Ambedkar Award (Association of International Dalit Organizations, Vancouver, Canada)
2003: President’s Cup Award (Pine Manor College, MA, USA)
2001: Community Service Award (Pine Manor College, MA, USA)
1993-1996: Manakamana Women’s Scholarship (The Himalaya Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal)
Info & contact:
Find info about me & my work:
Personal website: www.bishnumayapariyar.com
Official websites: www.adwan.org | www.friendsofadwan.org | www.nrnwomenfund.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bishnumayapariyar
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/BishnuMPariyar
Telephone (USA): +1+617-320-9768
Updated: February 25, 2022
Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar, Hon. D.Litt.
Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar is award winning scholar, prolific social entrepreneur, and one of the most admired Nepali-American personalities. Her life-long passion to work for the upliftment of so-called Dalit or untouchable and marginalized people in Nepal has brought profound change in the community. Dr. Pariyar believes that nothing is impossible if you’re determined to overcome or achieve.
In 2015, the City of Louisville, Kentucky, USA honored September 27 as "Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar Day” by Mayor Greg E. Fischer for her outstanding social contribution as in 2013, Dr. Pariyar was conferred with honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from her alma mater, Pine Manor College, MA, USA for her pioneer social contribution. She holds 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, MA, USA.
Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar’s life-struggle story has been featured at higher education text book, ‘The Writer’s Mindset’ by Dr. Lisa Wright Hoeffner which was published by one of the world’s top publications, McGraw Hill in 2021. Dr. Pariyar’s story is featured between 591-594 pages.
In 2022, Dr. Pariyar’s life story has been included at State of Massachusetts’s Department of Education 7th grade curriculum in which it featured in 8 pages under Lesson-12: Untouchability and SDG 10.
Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar was born into a poor Dalit family of eleven children in a remote village in Gorkha District in Western Nepal. She grew up without access to electricity, sanitation, health care and vehicular roads. Her family lived as subsistence farmers, where the children’s labor was essential for the family’s survival. Going to school met with many obstacles; as a Dalit girl, Ms. Pariyar was considered “untouchable” and teased and excluded by other children. But she’s endured and overcome those challenges, earned her education and founded her social organization called ADWAN that became catalyst for change in the society.
Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar is founding President of ADWAN.ORG, a rights-based Nepali organization which has supported more than 23,000 children and more than 50,000 Dalit and marginalized women and their family members in Nepal since 1998.
Dr. Pariyar’s brain-child social integration organization, ADWAN aims to foster a measure of economic independence, to boost self-esteem, dignity and to instill solidarity among diverse community and build a sense of national pride. Through her dedication and passion for the marginalized and Dalit community-the so called low-caste or untouchable people, Dr. Pariyar has overcome tremendous obstacles of gender, caste discrimination and poverty in Nepal as well as challenges that emerged because of socio-economic inequality and exclusion.
Dr. Pariyar has served twice as Advisory Member of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop's Diversity & Inclusion Board between 2015-2017 & 2017-2019. She currently serves as Board Member of Employment & Training Board of City of Jersey City. Mayor Fulop appointed her to make sure Jersey City’s minority community is not left behind while city strides for development in all sectors.
In the year 2020 and 2021, as Coronavirus devastated the community in the United States and around the world, Dr. Pariyar has been in forefront of COVID-19 pandemic relief assistance program to needy Nepali and South Asian American community and international students. She has tirelessly led efforts to directly help hundreds of families and F1 students from Nepal and South Asia to receive day-to-day essentials such as masks, medicines, groceries and provided counseling to victims of domestic and sexual violence. Without her steadfast leadership, expertise and prompt and just collaboration, community would be left behind and greatly impacted. Dr. Pariyar’s role as Hudson Speaks’ South Asian Initiative Coordinator, NRNA ICC Executive Member and Nepali American community’s leading figure, she has been able to bring together local government and social organizations together to create coronavirus awareness and provide access to resources available for the most needy and vulnerable people in the United States and Nepal. Dr. Pariyar’s organization, ADWAN had also spear-headed the COVID-19 pandemic relief assistance efforts in rural Nepal.
Dr. Pariyar had also played pivotal role to have historic Nepal Flag Raising Ceremony (2017) and (2021) in Jersey City Hall, New Jersey, USA which is first not only in the United Sates but entire world; TPS (Temporary Protection Status) City of Jersey City Council Resolution for Nepalis living in the United States in 2015 and 2018. Dr. Pariyar has also been successfully bringing two countries closer as Emissary of Sister City between City of Jersey City and Nepal’s Indrawati Rural Municipality since 2019.
Dr Pariyar has more than one and a half decades experience as case manager, domestic violence and family advocate working with HUDSON Speaks Against Sexual Violence, Jersey City, NJ; ASIAN TASK FORCE AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, Boston, MA and NEPONSET Health Center, Boston, MA, and HarborCov, Communities Overcoming Violence, MA, USA. Through her work, community approach and tireless dedication she has been able to help hundreds of domestic and sexual violence victims from South Asian American community. Dr. Pariyar has given cultural sensitivity training to local officials, police and law enforcement officers in Boston, MA and Jersey City, New Jersey, USA.
Dr. Pariyar currently serves as Election Committee Member and Executive ICC Member of Non-Resident Nepalis Association (NRNA) International Coordination Council 2019-2021. Dr. Pariyar has also served Executive ICC Member of NRNA ICC (2019-2021) and was the first Chair of Women Empowerment Task Force of NRNA ICC (2014-2015). She is also founder of NRN Women Fund, a collective investment company of Non-Resident Nepali women from around the world and Vice Chair of All Ladies League New Jersey Chapter for Business Networking, USA. 2019-present; Co-Chair, NRNA ICC Children Welfare Task Force, Non-Resident Nepalis Association (NRNA) Internal Coordination Council; Board Member, Inspiring South Asian American Women, USA; Main Representative to UN for Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC) Nepal. She is actively involved with the United Nations NGO Committee on the Status of Women (CSW), New York and served as Co-Chair of Consultation Day 2018.
Dr. Pariyar has participated in over 50 national and international conferences as a keynote speaker, guest speaker and panelist. Dr. Pariyar had been invited to lecture at Harvard University, Clark University, Pine Manor College, Brandeis University, Boston University and other prestigious institutions. She has been invited as a panelist and speaker at national and international conferences including at UNIFEM, AMNESTY International, and The World Bank Family Network Forum.
Dr. Pariyar’s over two decades’ tireless grassroot social works have been applauded worldwide. She has been awarded with more than 40 national and international recognition, award, citation, proclamation for her outstanding work for Nepali people and diaspora community including The Bridge Builder Award from 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, and Social change Fellow from Clark University.
She was also awarded 2021 NJ-11 Heroes award by U.S. Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (link), COVID-19 Hero award 2020 by New York City, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; COVID-19 Champion award 2020 by United Sherpa Association, USA and Humanitarian of the World; Women of Action award 2019 by City of Jersey City; International Women's Day Award 2018 by The Society of Foreign Consuls in New York, USA; Community Service Award 2018 by South Asian American Outreach Community (SACO), New Jersey, USA; Nepal Samman (Jewel of Nation) award 2011 by Sagarmatha Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal and Solute to the Heroes Award 2010 by Association of Nepali in America (ANA) and several commendation letters from various Nepali and international organizations from around the world.
Updated: May 1, 2023
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