Call to empower women for prosperity

  • international women’s day
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Mar 7, 2015-

The government is unlikely to promulgate constitution and achieve prosperity unless it engages women in leadership and decision-making roles, women leaders representing the ruling parties said.

During a programme organised on Saturday on the occasion of the International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated on March 8 every year, Nepali Congress leader Sujata Koirala said the ruling parties are reluctant to provide equal opportunity to women and engage them in leadership roles and policy-making process. “The country cannot achieve needed social and economic growth without involving women in all decision-making levels in the country,” she said.

Koirala also demanded that the government come up with appropriate policies and programmes to empower women in all sectors and levels. “The new constitution should address the issues and concerns related to gender equality and women’s rights,” she said. Likewise, Energy Minister Radha Gyanwali, a CPN-UML leader, said the patriarchal structure of our society is a major reason behind increasing gender inequality and violence against women and girls.

Meanwhile, releasing a joint statement on Saturday, the United Nations has said that Nepal has made some significant and welcome progress in addressing gender inequality and empowering women. It, however, said many serious challenges and obstacles remain in realising gender equality, women’s rights and the empowerment of women, among others.

According to the statement, representatives of governments, UN entities and non-governmental organisations from all regions of the world will gather in New York on Monday to review the progress made in the implementation of its important blueprint for women’s rights and to renew the global commitment through the Commission on the Status of Women.

Published: 08-03-2015 08:52

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