Women activists launch fresh protests

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 1, 2015-

Women rights activists have announced fresh rounds of protests to pressure lawmakers into amending the provision regarding women in the draft constitution.

They claim that the provsions are discriminatory against women, particularly regarding citizenship and reproductive health rights.

Women rights advocates unveiled a series of protest programmes at a press conference in the Capital on Saturday. As per the plan, they will carry out daily protests in the form of rallies, strikes and human chains.

Despite repeated calls to recognise women’s right as a human right, the indifference among lawmakers has caused fury among the women rights activists.

In a list of suggestions, activists have demanded that every clause of the constitution should be non-discriminatory, starting from the preamble of the upcoming constitution Contentious issues that women rights leaders have raised include equal representation, reproductive rights and citizenship provision.  

Rights activists and some political leaders have been protesting against the ‘discriminatory citizenship’ provision, demanding that either parent should be able to pass on citizenship to their children.

On Wednesday, a total of 57,000 signatures in support of the ‘father or mother’ provision were collected in 18 districts. (PR)

Published: 02-08-2015 08:24

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