HER: The Tharu Women's Journey to Freedom

Exciting news!

C’est avec fierté que le Musée des religions du monde, ainsi que toute l’équipe ayant travaillé à la réalisation de l’exposition Elles, le périple des femmes tharues, vous invite au vernissage de celle-ci le 26 janvier prochain.

Cet événement aura lieu : 

Date : 26 janvier 2019
Heure : de 14h à 17h 
Lieu :  Musée des religions du monde, 900, boul. Louis-Fréchette, Nicolet J3T 1V5

Nous espérons vous compter parmi nous lors du vernissage !

Merci de confirmer votre présence avant le 20 janvier 2019 :
Frédérick Cloutier
Musée des religions du monde
819 293-6148 poste 1023
communication@mdrm.ca


What a gem! Thank you for inspiring me and so many others not only to live our dreams, but to not let any obstacles come in the way.
— Celine, Ontario
Michelle Bonneau, Official Book Launch 2018

Michelle Bonneau, Official Book Launch 2018

Through the medium of inspiring stories and photographs, the story of women's freedom from bondage towards empowerment is told.

The Tharu, a marginalized Nepalese ethnicity, were freed from indentured labor in 2000 with the abolishment of the Kamaiya System. Despite their free status they were left landless and poor, but triumphed in their journey to freedom with dignity and self-respect. How? The 13 cent miracle. 

The book is amazing - so well-written and the photography is breath-taking; it is clearly a work of art – both literary and pictorial!
— Lorri, Kelowna

The Tharu women's monthly thirteen cent contribution to their own Mother's microcredit groups was the crucial turning point in striving for self-reliance. Their story is enshrined in these photos of their daily life before and after their liberation. This book whisks you away to rural Nepal where you step into a vibrant world of colour and possibility in the face of opposition. From the ashes of their bondage rose proud Tharu women. The March 2016, Gadhawa, Dang photographs are the result of a dream to honor these valiant women. To experience the bravery of Tharu women first hand is a life-changing experience. 

The book is a stunning display of courage and triumph. It is:

  • 11" wide x 8.5" tall

  • 144 pages long

  • Printed on 4 colour process satin paper with German binding

All photography was done by extraordinary artist Julie Gascon.

In 2017, Michelle was chosen as the recipient of the highest service award in Canada that is offered to civilians: The Meritorious Service Medal.

This book is a hymn to women. It is a book full of hope and nourished by the flame of a wonderful woman who dared to use her talents to enable Nepalese women to choose a better future. The shimmering photos are simply beautiful. What emerges from these faces is an immense desire to live a life full of freedom and meaning.
— Nathalie Cuvillier
Michelle Bonneau, Author (left) and Julie Gascon, Photographer (right).

Michelle Bonneau, Author (left) and Julie Gascon, Photographer (right).

This book is so beautiful. These women are very strong and believe in a better life for themselves.

— Ginette P from Florida
To me this book was very emotional and knowledgeable. The comments took me
into every picture’s story. The pictures and the stories truly inform you about the Tharu womens’ struggles, but also shows how they have so much love and strength. I felt tearful every time I picked it up! Simply amazing work! You should all be so proud of Her International. Simply wow!!
— Vicki, Kelowna
Une vraie oeuvre d’art! Tout est magnifique, original nous apportant l’histoire des Népalaises et ce que vous avez réussi avec elles. C’est tout simplement
EXCEPTIONNEL! La beauté des photos, la présentation originale, les textes courts remplis de
renseignements. C’est une très belle qualité que la concision dans l’écriture et tu en as fait preuve.
— Constance, Montreal