Dalit women come forward to assume leadership

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, MAHOTTARI

Sep 10, 2017-Breaking the socially constructed barriers, Local Dalit women in the district are marching forward to become a part of the decision-making level for the development 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. 

They are busy in the election campaign. “Being a Dalit, my top agenda is to put an end to discrimination and untouchability,” said Phul Kumari Sada, an election candidate of Gaushala Municipality-11. Saha, 38, who does not own her own land, is living on a public land. 

Also in the race from the same municipality is Kulphi Devi Sada, 65, who is 

competing for ward member from the Rastriya Prajatantra Party. 

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 endeavours in this regard,” she said. 

The attempt of Dalit women filing their candidacy in the elections goes a long way towards development of the society and in helping wipe out discrimination and untouchability, said women rights activist Sharada Thapa.

Published: 10-09-2017 08:31

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