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Nepal still needs to give women wider roles: UN
- international women’s day
The UN suggests the upcoming local elections need to be shaped by women as both equal voters and as candidates
Mar 8, 2016-The United Nations has lauded Nepal for electing first ever woman president and a woman speaker in the country’s history while also noting that there is still a lot to be done to ensure wider female participation in both government and non-government sectors.
“The 2008 Constituent Assembly (CA) elections in Nepal was a milestone in women’s representation in Parliament, with women securing 33 percent of the seats, a significant step forward from less than 7 per cent in previous elections,” the UN said in a statement on Monday.As of November 2015, representation of women in the Nepali CA was 29 percent with 176 female CA members out of 598. Yet, the representation of women across sectors as of 2014 was only 16 percent in civil service, 4.5 percent in the judiciary, 5.8 percent in the Nepal Police, 5 percent in the Armed Police Force, and 3.2 percent in the Nepal Army.
Women’s proportionate and effective representation in decision-making requires further strengthening across sectors—in political parties, private sector, trade unions, security sector and academia.
According to the UN, under-representation, exclusion and discrimination is holding back women, progress for them and members of their societies in many parts of the world. Building on the provisions in the new constitution and the Gender and Social Inclusion Policy of the Election Commission, the upcoming local elections in Nepal need to be shaped by women’s leadership and decision-making at the local level, as both equal voters and as candidates nominated by political parties.
The UN also expressed its commitment to continue the support towards gender equality, women’s human rights and the empowerment of all women in Nepal.
Published: 08-03-2016 09:07