As part of a miniature series, IFES staff interviewed elected Political Leaders with disabilities throughout Nepal. The first Q&A, highlighting Ujeli BK, which has been lightly edited for clarity, is available below.
My prime inspiration is my community who encouraged me to become politician.
I was associated with different Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs) in my district. I was also one of the member of the then existing ward citizen forum. At the initial stage of my career, I faced many physical and psychosocial challenges. But today, I am actively involved in the disability movement. I therefore did not have to struggle to get candidacy in this election and I am happy about it.
First, persons with disabilities themselves have to be forward to make their own rights real. They have to reach out to politicians with their concerns and demands. On the other hand, if the politicians are sensitive about the rights of persons with disabilities, they will definitely work to overcome the barriers.
I will be focused on each and every issue of persons with disabilities. Besides that, I will make an effort to build an office building for persons with disabilities in my village where they can get information, support etc.
I would like to heartily welcome all in this field and I will be always there to support in whatever ways I can.