Women leaders call for ensuring women’s participation in parliament

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KATHMANDU — Women leaders of various political parties have demanded that women’s representation in the House of Representatives and State Assemblies elections be ensured in line with the constitution.

They have pressed for minimum 50 per cent representation at local level, 40 per cent at provincial level, and 33 per cent in the House of Representatives.

They were speaking at a media conference in the Capital today. The conference was organised by the Inter-Party Women’s Alliance (IPWA).

On the occasion, the Nepali Congress leader and Chairperson of the Nepal Women Association Uma Regmi viewed that the patriarchal mindset of the society has made the matter worse for ensuring women’s participation.

Complaining that the political leadership has taken their peaceful movements for their rights as their weakness, Rastriya Janata Party leader and Vice Chairperson of IPWA, Pushpa Thakur warned of a stern protest if their demands are not met.

While ruing a very ‘slim accommodation of women’ in nomination for the local level elections, the other participants like CPN (Maoist Centre) leader Laxmi Sah, Rastriya Prajatantra Party leader Mina Bhetwal, and CPN (ML) leader Nilam KC demanded compensation for the deprivation by increasing women’s representation in the upcoming provincial and federal elections. RSS