HER: The Tharu Women's Journey to Freedom
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 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.