NEPAL: New Statute Should Guarantee Women's Participation

Thursday, June 23, 2011
The Himalayan Times
Southern Asia
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Former Prime Minister and senior leader of CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal has stressed that the new constitution should guarantee proportional participation of women in every apparatus of the State.

Speaking at an interaction entitled "Proportional Participation of Women in New Constitution" jointly organised by the South Asian Network of Women in Media, Nepal Chapter and Forum for Women Law and Development here on Thursday, the former Prime Minister said the new Constitution should be women-friendly.

He praised the Nepali women for their active participation in ensuring their rights and urged them to work harder so as to fight against all kinds of violence against them.

Also speaking at the programme, Nepali Congress central member Bimalendra Nidhi underscored the need of ensuring proportional participation of women in every organs of the State through the new Constitution.

He added that timely completion of the draft of the new Constitution won't be possible if the parties do not enforce with sincerity the five-point agreement reached among them for extending the Constituent Assembly (CA) term on May 28.

Similarly, UCPN-Maoist senior leader Janardan Sharma said the new constitution should ensure fully proportional representation of women and preferential rights.

Lawmaker Binda Pandey presented working paper on different issues including women's right to proportional participation in every state apparatus.