PDCC asked to ensure Rights, role of women in constitution

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 24, 2014-

Women lawyers from Nepal Bar Association on Wednesday submitted a five-point proposition to Baburam Bhattarai, chairman of Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (PDCC),   to ensure increased rights and role of women in citizenship issuance process and policy making.

One of the chief propositions include removal of the proposed provision of issuing citizenship to a person only when both father and mother of the applicant are Nepali nationals. The provision, according to the women lawyers, is discriminatory against women. They said  a foreign spouse of a Nepali man can be a Nepali citizen once she starts the process of relinquishing her foreign citizenship, but the foreigner husband of a Nepali woman has to wait for 15 years before he can have a naturalised citizenship.

They have also demanded a provision to guarantee 50 percent representation of women at state mechanism, including major government posts such as prime minister or deputy prime minister, president or vice president, speakers or vice speaker. They have proposed that the Election Commission should not register the parties if they do not have 50 percent women members.

The women lawyers have further suggested 60 percent proportional representation and 40 percent directly elected members if the country is to adopt mixed election system.

PDCC Chairman Bhattarai told the delegates that the committee was sensitive about the provision of citizenship. He also suggested them to hand over their demands to political parties as well.

“Bhattarai specifically told us that the National Women’s Commission will get the status of constitutional body, which is a good news,” said Laxmi Pokharel.

Published: 25-09-2014 09:20

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