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A woman you admire in politics and why?

Monica Jha
Freelance Photographer/Model

photo: anmol shrishrimal

Rita Thakur Jha who also happens to my mother will just not be my favourite politician but also the person who represents thousands of women who are still fighting for equal citizenship rights in the 21st century, so that our next generation has a fair chance at love and justice.

She has been the Central Committee Member of Terai Madhesh Democratic Party, General Secretary of the party’s women’s wing, held the position of a board member at the Sport’s Council of Nepal. She stood for the Constituency Assembly elections in 2013 from Lalitpur even when she knew that the results might not be in her favour because she believes that we are proud Madhesis but even prouder Nepalese.

I come from a social cultural background which is tightly knit, has unfair privileges for men and unreal expectations of women but my mother has been the hero who inspires me to be the best of myself. She taught us to be powerful but fair which is a politician’s first duty and to be honest in our intentions and then to represent people who are voiceless.

Even though she was a national level athlete, had all the qualities a sportsperson requires, patriarchy had other plans for her, she got married at a young age and her dreams were crushed. Even then I never saw my mother say she couldn’t do a thing because she was a woman, instead she is by far one of the strongest people I have ever known. After taking care of the family for years she finally pursued her dream of contributing to the community and nation and shows me that this silently violent war is going to stay for a long time. With time and age, I understood that no matter how ambitious, capable, hardworking or resilient a woman is, she is very easily put into the category of a second-class citizen before she is accepted as a person.