NEPAL: Call to Ensure Women's Rights

Sunday, March 25, 2012
The Himalayan Times
Southern Asia
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Human Rights

KATHMANDU: Minister of State for Information and Communication Sarita Kumari Saha has said the new constitution should ensure women's rights so as to establish equitable and inclusive society.

At an interaction on "Provision for Women Rights in the Constitution' organised by Nepal Telecom women employees here on Sunday, she stressed for drafting a balanced constitution considering the fact that women in Nepal cover 51 percent of the total population.

Similarly, Maoists' Constituent Assembly Member Pampha Bhusal said the new constitution needs to guarantee fifty percent women representation in every state mechanism.

Calling for promulgating the new constitution within the slated time, she said the contentious issues in the constitution drafting process should be settled through a voting in the CA itself if the parties failed to forge consensus on time.

Nepali Congress lawmaker Pushpa Bhusal said women's rights are not guaranteed in many countries including in Nepal despite the establishment of democracy.

"I am committed to fighting from my respective capacity to ensure women's rights in the new constitution", she added.

On the occasion, Director General at Nepal Telecom, Amarnath Shah stressed the need of guaranteeing the rights to Madhesis and the backward communities in new constitution.