Continued struggle for women rights, say leaders

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Mar 1, 2015-

Women’s issues have always been muddled among other things in the aftermath of political revolutions in the country, women leaders said at a programme in the Capital on Sunday.

The leaders of major political parties called for continued struggle and honest implementation of existing legal provisions to ensure women rights.

CPN-UML Vice-chairperson Astha Laxmi Shakya said change in public attitude in favour of women issues could never be achieved despite frequent political changes in the country. “Drafting a women-friendly constitution, identifying women issues as a national agenda and concerted efforts to curb violence against women are vital for moving towards a solution,” she said.

UCPN (Maoist) central committee member Jayapuri Gharti said feminist movement like the country as a whole is in a transition phase. “Class struggle, production struggle and scientific experiment are the means for taking the movement forward,” she said. Likewise, Nepali Congress central committee member Kamala Panta identified active participation of women in state matters and economic opportunities for them as primary agendas of the feminist movement. “It is not that women are not capable of undertaking serious responsibilities and we have to fight in order to create awareness about this.”

All three leaders rued dispassion of from the “paternalistic” political system towards women’s issues but reiterated that solution lies in politics itself. They expressed worries that current malpractices in national politics could enter the feminist movement and destabilise it.

Published: 02-03-2015 08:28

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