Libraries Connecting Communities (2013)

This paper looks at how two libraries in Nepal have reduced the traditional social exclusion of women in rural communities by creating spaces and opportunities for women to participate in learning.

In Nepalese communities, men and women have specific and culturally separate roles, the author explains. Girls face restricted access to education, and continue to lose their independence as they get older.

The library programs change that by facilitating a sense of social interaction and engagement among the local women.

This paper is part of Stories from the Field, a research project aimed at uncovering principles and practices that best support literacy learning and teaching, and is the second of two stories exploring how libraries connect with people, both in Canada and abroad.

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Sandra Loschnig. Libraries Connecting Communities 2013. Web. 28 Nov. 2022 <>
Sandra Loschnig (2013). Libraries Connecting Communities. Retrieved November 28, 2022, from
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