Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has stated that the constitutional and historical achievements were made on gender equality and women's participation after the historical Peoples' Movement-2005-06.

Addressing a programme organised on Women Rights Day today, Prime Minister Oli reminded that President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, as the then parliamentarian, had tabled a resolution motion for 33 per cent women's participation in state bodies uniting all women and that was passed unanimously.

The day was a happy moment for all and the resolution motion mentioned citizenship certificate from mother's identity and law enactment to end domestic violence against women.

He said that the day should be remembered as it had achieved social awareness, constitutional and legal remedies in the field of women rights.

PM Oli added that the 33 per cent women's participation in each organ is materialising as the federal Parliament has 33 per cent women's representation, the province has more than that and local levels have 41 per cent women's participation.

He argued that some people were not happy with the changes seen in the field of women's rights due to their feudalistic mind-set. The PM also recalled that President Bhandari had collected signatures to ensure 20 per cent women's participation in CPN-UML's General Convention held in 1995 in Janakpur.

On a different note, PM Oli who is also chairman of the CPN-UML argued that the new election was announced as the House had failed to form an alternative government. He added that different irregularities and activities against party discipline were seen in the House. He opined that both males and females should be responsible in ensuring justice and rights to women.

The government has been marking this day for the past three years in recognition of the passing of four important resolution motions on women rights in 2006.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 31, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.