Kanak Mani Dixit is the co-founder of SIRC, along with his wife Shanta. Sadly, Kanak’s father passed away at the end of December. May “Dada” rest in peace.
This article is an account of Dada’s final cremation rites, written from Kanak’s sister’s perspective.
In Hindu culture, women are not allowed to take part in the cremation ceremony at all and this was particularly difficult for the writer, who’s profession focuses on gender equality in Nepal.
With the encouragement of family, she ended up taking part in this important ritual of her father’s cremation.
She writes “In my line of work, I often spout theories about gender equality and equity, and how women in Nepal should be provided equal opportunities. That day I realised it was not enough just to provide opportunities or to wish for change.
You need someone to push you, and you need someone to pull you. On 29 December, it was my uncle and sister-in-law who gave me the push, and my brothers who pulled me.”
You can read the full article here.
When brothers, uncles and sisters-in-law are encouraging women to be considered equal to men in Nepal, elsewhere across the US, women are feeling their rights will be threatened with today’s swearing in of the 45th President of the United States. The mind boggles that we are even talking about this!
It’s telling when the Women’s March on Washington has captured the imagination of women world-wide with 615 marches (and counting) being staged all over the globe as I write this, expressing solidarity with women in the US.
As one 70+ year-old lady said, little did she know when she marched for women’s rights in the 1960s, that she would be marching again for the same issue in 2017.
A sad state of affairs for sure. Why not get out there to show your support, if not for yourself but for all the fine women in your life.