Dalit women coming forward to assume leadership


Mahottari, Sept. 9: Local Dalit women in the district have started breaking the socially constructed barriers, and are marching forward to become a part of the decision-making level for the betterment of the society.
They have taken the local elections as a means to be a part of the decision-making, in which they have filed their candidacy. Their common agenda for the polls is to carry out development work, and eradicate discriminations, and untouchability, an evil practice deep-rooted in the society for ages.
So with the agenda on priority, they are currently busy launching election campaign. Phul Kumari Sada of Gaushala Municipality-11, an election candidate, is busy with the election campaign at present. "Being a Dalit, my priority agenda is end discrimination, and untouchability," said Saha, 38, who does not own her own land, and is living on a public land.
Likewise in the race is Kulphi Devi Sada, 65, from the same municipality, who is competing for ward member from Rasrtriya Prajatantra Party. She pledged to serve the people.
For Madhesi women to show willingness to compete in the polls indicates a step forward towards the eradication of violence against women, observed a local teacher Sunita Kumari. "Encouragement must come in for their endeavors in this regard," she said.
The attempt of Dalit women filing their candidacy in the elections means a lot for the betterment of the society and for helping wipe out discrimination and untouchability, said women rights activist Sharada Thapa. RSSĀ 

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