Kathmandu, July 10:

The Family Planning Association Nepal (FPAN) today organised a one-day workshop on the Implementation Status of International Conference on Population and Development and Plan of Action in Nepal to mark World Population Day.

Chitra Lekha Yadav, deputy speaker, in her inaugural speech said that Nepal as a signatory of number of international instruments has to focus on implementation, particularly on the protection of the rights of women. “The issues of women in particular is often not taken seriously,”

she said, adding, “To invest in women is to invest for change.” Presenting a paper on the issue, Dr Chhatra Amatya said there should be an institutionalised mechanism to review implementation of such instruments at regular intervals to assess progress made once it is signed.

“The ministry of health and population should take the initiative to explore the root causes that lead to continuing practice of early marriage, early pregnancy and subsequent consequences in the sexual and reproductive health of women,” she said.

According to Hari Khanal, chief executive officer of FPAN said that the association has been running programmes on sexual and reproductive health in 32 districts. They have been conducting youth focussed programmes in 18 districts.