Visit Hardge Forum in the Multicultural Center today from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. for a discussion about the role of women during and after the conflict in Nepal.

The talk will be given by Shashi Regmi, research assistant at the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, who served for nine years as one of the first female captains in the Nepalese army.

According to Regmi, a peace agreement was signed some years ago, which brought a formal end to the civil war, “but there was no peace and people were revolting against the king so everyone, all the political parties and all the civilians, joined hands together… And at that time, at that moment, I realized that this was more powerful… and that’s why I changed my mind and moved towards peace and nonviolence.”

Regmi says that initially, women were “subordinate” in the family, more like homemakers, while the men were the providers of the family.

But since more women were directly involved in the war, “[women came to] the forefront as a fighter and that also changed the perception of women’s role in the society,” says Regmi.

Also, women whose husbands were either dead or abroad had to support their families on their own so, “women who were treated as subordinate now became the provider of the house.”

There is much more to the topic which will be unpacked at Regmi’s talk. For anyone interested in getting involved in this work, the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies takes students each year to Nepal to do peace building work and nonviolence training. For more information, visit http://www.uri.edu/international/nepal.