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. 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 30 conferences as a panelist and speaker. Received over 20 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.
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
2015-present: Outreach Educator, 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
Caste Discrimination & Social Struggle in Nepal (2010)
Sambandha (Relation), book on domestic violence victims (2014)
Interview published at: Avenues TV, Boston Sunday Herald, Kantipur daily, Kantipur TV, Khasokhas weekly, Lexington Minute, Nepalaya, Nepal 1 TV, Nepal Television, Ode Magazine, Providence Journal, Radio Nepal, Sagarmatha TV, Telegraph & Gazette, The Chronicle, The Daily News, The Himalaya Times, The Kathmandu Post, USNepalOnline.com, Voice of Women Magazine, Wellesley Townnman etc. For details visit: In the News
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.
2017-present: Chief Patron, ADWAN.ORG
2017-present: Co-founder, Jersey City Nepali Community (JCNC)
2017-2019: Honorary Council Member, Non-Resident Nepalis Association (NRNA) ICC
2017-current: Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion Board, City of Jersey City
NJ, USA |
2017-current: Co-founder & Investor, NRN Women Fund (NWF)
USA | Nepal |
1996-present: Founding President, ADWAN.ORG (Association for Dalit Women’s Advancement of Nepal), Kathmandu, Nepal
2015-present: Founding President, Women for Cause (WFC)
Jersey City, NJ |
2014-2015: Chair, Women Empowerment Task Force, Non-Resident Nepalis Association (NRNA) ICC
2012-2013: Project Champion, NRNA ICC
Kathmandu, Nepal |
2013-present: Advisor, Pashupati Buddha Foundation, Boston, MA, USA
2010-2012: Advisor, Greater Boston Nepali Society (GBNC)
Boston, MA, USA
2013-present: Advisor, Nepali-American Society for Oppressed Community (NASO Community), Baltimore, MD
2012-2012: Board of Director, Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRN USA)
Awards | Recognitions
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
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 BRT Nepal, Colorado
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: April 16, 2018
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Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar, Hon. D.Litt.
A Brief Intro
Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar is founder and Chief Patron of ADWAN.ORG, a rights-based Nepali organization which has supported more than 14,900 children and more than 34,600 Dalit and marginalized women and their family members in Nepal since 1998. Dr. Pariyar serves as the Advisory Member of Diversity and Inclusion Board of Mayor of Jersey City, Steven M. Fulop who appointed her to make sure Jersey City’s minority community is not left behind while city strides for development in all sectors. She is actively involved with the United Nations NGO Committee on the Status of Women (CSW), New York as Co-Chair of Consultation Day 2018.
Dr. Pariyar is a prolific social entrepreneur and one of the most admired personalities among Nepali diaspora. Recently, International Coordinator Council of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) has appointed her Honorary Council Member. She is also founding President of Jersey City-based Women For Cause (WFC), Co-Founder of Jersey City Nepali Community (JCNC) and Executive Board Member of South Asian American Outreach Community (SACO), New Jersey.
Currently, Dr. Pariyar works at Hudson Speaks of CarePoint Health Group as an Outreach Coordinator and Counselor on domestic & sexual violence, while dedicating the rest of her time in uplifting Nepal’s marginalized people through her leadership, advocacy and fundraising. She has fundraised more than one and half million U.S. dollars for Nepal’s so-called untouchable Dalit and marginalized women and children.
She is also co-founder of NRN Women Fund, a collective investment company of Non-Resident Nepali women from around the world. She previously served as Chair of Women Empowerment Task Force of NRNA ICC between 2013-2015.
As the well-known South Asian Community Leader and human right activist, she has always been at the forefront advocating and assisting for women and immigrants facing all sorts of discrimination, abuses and violence. She leads Nepali-speaking immigrant community to speak up about the injustices they face every day, and help them learn and assert their rights in Jersey City and elsewhere in the United States.
She also works closely with City of Jersey City where she resides with her journalist, IT professional husband. Under the leadership of Dr. Pariyar, Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop hosted first Nepali Flag-Raising Ceremony at City Hall on June 30, 2017 where about 100 community members attended the ceremony. Also, under her leadership, TPS Resolution for Nepali-American community was passed by Municipal Council of City of Jersey City on May 27, 2015. Jersey City became the first and only U.S. city to pass the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Resolution for Nepali-American community whose, back home, many homes were destroyed and families suffered due to devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015. More than 8,000 lives were lost and millions homes destroyed. The Council President, Rolando R. Lavarro who is Phillipino-American, took the initiative to table the resolution. The resolution was passed unanimously by the council members. Subsequently, Department of Homeland Security granted TPS Status to Nepali- American community on June 24, 2015. City of Jersey City Municipal Council has passed another TPS Resolution on Valentine’s Day- February 14th, 2018 to support Extension of Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for Nepalis in the USA and urged Department of Homeland Security to maintain the TPS. Currently, there are 14,791 Nepali TPS work permit holders in USA. It was renewed on October 26, 2016 which will expire on June 24, 2018.
Having 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 also received honorary Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.) from Pine Manor College for her outstanding social contribution in 2013. Mayor of City of Louisville, Kentucky, USA honored her with September 27, 2015 dedicating as 'Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar Day' for her significant social contribution to the marginalized community.
Dr. Pariyar was born in 1973 to a poor Dalit family of ten 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. She was even disparaged and humiliated for her status by teachers. Yet, even though she had to walk four hours daily, she insisted on attending high school. Despite such hardships, she became the first girl from her community to graduate and obtain the National School Leaving Certificate (SLC), the gate to higher education. One of her teachers, John Brookman, a Peace Corps volunteer, helped her to a small scholarship, which enabled her to study social work in Kathmandu.
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.
Having realized that low caste women have no advocates and are not served well by established aid organizations, Dr. Pariyar co-founded ADWAN.ORG in Nepal with an exclusive objective of serving Dalit women and children of Nepal. She was only 20 at the time she founded ADWAN, which today has made significant impact in the fields of women’s rights and Dalit’s human rights. The organizations have also pioneered social change through grassroots development.
As an intern, Ms. Pariyar worked with a self-help program for poor women in Terain, Nepal and witnessed firsthand the inability of Dalit women to access resources offered to other women. The group’s “higher caste” participants would not tolerate Dalits in their midst. In addition, the poorest Dalit women lacked collateral to take out loans.
Ms. Pariyar instinctively understood that it would require awareness and special consideration to address the severe challenges faced by Dalit women. She consequently conceived her own approach to reach the most marginalized. The women’s groups she organized would deliberately include women from different castes, and she actively encouraged them to cooperate.
Additionally, loans were made collateral-free, so the poorest of the poor could be included. In 1996, she started five women’s groups in her own village with $150 from a group of Americans expats. These groups are still thriving today—with Ms. Pariyar’s mother still a member.
Today, Dr. Pariyar has made significant impact in the fields of human rights of women and minorities as well as in bringing social change through right-based development approaches. And her contributions have not gone unnoticed, Dr. Pariyar has received a number of accolades including Dr. Ambedkar Global Change Maker Award 92018) by Foundation for Human Horizon USA; International Women's Day Award (2018) by The Society of Foreign Consuls in New York; Margaret McNamara Memorial Award by World Bank Family Network, 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 Organization, 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 Nepal Samman (Jewel of Nation) Award by Sagarmatha Pratisthan, Kathmandu, Nepal in 2011, Solute to the Heroes Award (2010) by Association of Nepali in America (ANA), Social Justice Award from Long Island Nepalese Association, Community Services Award from South Asian American Community Outreach( SAACO) in 2017 and numerous national and international awards for her social contributions.
Updated: April 16, 2018
2010 - present
2010 - present