“The village has a lot of resources compared to other rural municipalities, and it can be utilised through agriculture, small businesses and building infrastructures to promote it,” says Srijana.
Her main goal if elected is to utilise Naukunda’s abundant water resources by bottling and selling it in Kathmandu to generate revenue to fund her projects. “Just the income and self-reliance that this will bring our community will be huge,” she says.
Lama is currently pursuing a Master degree in Political Science and Bachelors of Law (LLB) in Kathmandu, and she feels that having educated women in leadership positions will improve governance.
In the five years since transitioning into the federal system, Nepal’s local governments, especially women leaders have garnered much trust among voters.
A new constitutional provision meant that in the 2017 election, many deputy mayors and chairs were women, with some municipalities even having female mayors and deputy mayors.
Although many want to stand for mayor and chair in this election, coalition compromises for candidacies will probably mean there will be fewer women leading municipalities and wards.
Despite this, Srijana Lama is confident about her ability and optimistic that her voters will reward her with another term.
Translated by Aria Parasai from the Nepali original in himalkhabar.com
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