Nepal women lawmakers demand more share in state organs

Kathmandu: Nepal's women lawmakers affiliated to different political parties have demanded 33 percent representation of women in the Constituent Assembly (CA) and other state mechanism.They have also criticised the dismal representation of women in the
nepal women lawmakers demand more share in state...
IANS March 10, 2014 16:24 IST
Kathmandu: Nepal's women lawmakers affiliated to different political parties have demanded 33 percent representation of women in the Constituent Assembly (CA) and other state mechanism.

They have also criticised the dismal representation of women in the current 21-member cabinet where only two members are women, Xinhua reported.

Speaking in parliament Monday, they urged the party leaderships and the government to give more priority to women leaders while appointing 26 members of the Constituent Assembly. Out of the 601-member body, 26 seats are yet to be filled by the government.

"Despite repeated assurances from political parties to make state organs more inclusive, women's participation in the Constituent Assembly and the government is very dismal. The government should give priority (to women) while appointing 26 members of the Constituent Assembly," Nepali Congress lawmaker Mahalaxmi Upadhaya 'Dina' said.

The number of female lawmakers in the second Constituent Assembly has fallen to 30 percent from 33 percent in the earlier Constituent Assembly.

 
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