‘Ensure women participation as per statute’

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Oct 28, 2017-Women leaders of various political parties have demanded that women’s representation in the House of Representatives and provincial assemblies be ensured in line with the constitution. 

Speaking at a media conference organised by the Inter-Party Women’s Alliance (IPWA) in the Capital on Friday, the women leaders pressed for minimum 50 per cent representation at the local level, 40 per cent at the provincial level and 33 per cent in the centre. 

Uma Regmi, a Nepali Congress leader and chairperson of the Nepal Women Association, said the patriarchal mindset of society has made the matter worse.

Only five percent (41 out of 803) women’s representation was seen when political parties filed nominations on October 22 for the federal and provincial elections scheduled for November 26 and December 7. 

Stating that the party leadership often takes women’s peaceful movements for their rights as their weakness, Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal leader Pushpa Thakur, who is also the vice chairperson of the IPWA, warned of a stern protest if their calls for representation go unheard. About “meagre accommodation of women” in nominations for the local polls, CPN (Maoist Centre) leader Laxmi Sah, Rastriya Prajatantra Party leader Mina Bhetwal and CPN (ML) leader Nilam KC, among others, demanded that the parties compensate by fielding more women and ensuring their representation in the upcoming elections. 

Published: 28-10-2017 07:47

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