Brueggeman Center for Dialogue explores the plight of widows in India with a two-day presentation

Mohini Giri, who founded the War Widows Association, appears on Wednesday, Nov. 17 | November 15, 2010

The Brueggeman Center for Dialogue is exploring the issue of widows in India with a screening of the film, “White Rainbow,” on Tuesday, Nov. 16, and a presentation by Mohini Giri on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Both events are part of International Education Week.

Giri, whose own mother was widowed when Giri was age 9, founded the War Widows Association and the Guild of Service to help the thousands of widows, left to fend for themselves at the end of the Indo-Pakistani War in 1971, deal with their grim plight. Giri is the daughter-in-law of the late Shri V. V. Giri, former president of India. Proficient in nine languages, Giri is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and has received many awards, including the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award in 1996. Her publications include the 1998 book Emancipation and Empowerment of Women.

The film “White Rainbow,” being shown at 7:00 p.m. in the Conaton Learning Commons auditorium, traces the story of four women who struggle to overcome the stigma and reality of widowhood in India that leaves them abandoned by their families and impoverished by a system that fails to recognize their existence. In traditional Hindu society, women are dependent beings and have no value.

Giri discusses issues raised in the film during her presentation the next evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Duff Banquet Center at the Cintas Center.

Both events are free and open to the public. Sponsors include the World Hindu Council, Cincinnati Chapter; Northern Kentucky University; and Xavier’s Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Department of Theology, International Student Services, Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, Gender and Diversity Studies, Office of Vice Provost for Diversity, and the Women’s Center.

For more information, please call 513-745-3922.