The women of Varanasi who are breaking away from stereotypes
Rohit Khare stashed this in TRAVELMAN
“We need numbers to bring about a social change. As of now, we only have a handful of girls who are learning the Vedic mantras. Once there are enough women trained in this, people will also learn to accept them as part of the mainstream,” Chaturvedi says.
Feels like a change from the last several thousand years:
“The people of Varanasi are very supportive of women’s empowerment,” says professor Ravi Prakash Pandey, head of the department of sociology at the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith University. But Pandey does qualify the statement by noting that the number of women in traditionally male-dominated professions, such as priesthood, are low. But the times are changing. The all-women Bharatiya Awam Party, formed in January 2013, now has 40,000 members. Only 10 percent of its seats are reserved for men.
Yes, I would file this under "huge" and "remarkable."
I'm interested to see where they go with this.