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Nepalese Women in Decision Making Role

Participants at the program. Photos: Smita

Kathmandu, September 14, 2008- Revolutionary steps are needed to encourage women’s participation at the decision making levels of state and private sectors, said Madhav Kumar Nepal, former General Secretary of CPN (UML) on Saturday.

Speaking at a program organized by South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) on ‘Women’s Leadership at every decision-making level of the State and Private sectors’, Nepal said, “It is a must to take a radical step in the empowerment of women from their participation to the decision making level in every sector, as adopting a gradual process will take a longer time.”

“Encouraging women to participate at different levels of the state and private sectors is a major challenge for our country,” he said.

He said that as the society has marginalized them there is the need of ‘positive discrimination’ for their increase in quantitative as well as qualitative participation in decision making.

Student leader Ram Kumari Jhakri, Vice President of All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU), said that though the new Constituent Assembly has representation of 33 percent female candidates, the role of women in the decision making process inside the parties is still minimal.

“Political parties should ensure that at least 33 percent of women play a role in the decision making,” she said.

Jhakri said if women fail to raise this issue strongly during this period, they will still be fighting for nominal participation in coming decades as well.

UML leader Madhavkumar Nepal

Another speaker, Govinda Acharya, vice president of Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) stressed the need for increasing the number of female representatives in decision making roles of the state.

Student leader Ramkumari Jhakri Magar. Photos: Smita

Women journalism participants condemned the government, political parties, leaders and different private sectors for keeping women’s roles in decision making as a myth of their speeches as they are failing to ever carry through on their words.

-Smita Magar in Kathmandu

Ramkumari Jhakri speaking at the program. Photo: Smita
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