‘Ensure women’s rights in constitution’

KATHMANDU: Constituent Assembly Vice-chair Onsari Gharti Magar said on Friday that the country would soon get the new constitution.

Speaking at an interaction organised by National Democratic Institute and women rights activists in the capital, Magar stressed the need for maintaining women’s right over property. She said necessity to arrange reservations for women at various state organs has emerged because women are not capable of competing with men in the immediate context.

On the occasion, senior advocate Sapana Malla argued that it was necessary to secure women’s proportional representation in political parties, including other bodies. She added that the Constituent Assembly must secure women’s participation in all decision-making processes.

Nepali Congress leaders Nirmala Chettri and Nanu Banskota and CPN-UML leader Tham Maya Thapa called for strengthening the offshoot organisations of the political parties that were created to struggle for women’s rights.

They pressed for 40 per cent representation of women in provincial assemblies and 50 per cent in the local bodies.

UCPN-Maoist politburo member Kamala Roka, party’s former lawmaker Bimala KC, Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal Women’s Department Chief Kunti Shahi, Rastriya Prajatantra Party leader Roshan Karki among others insisted on rotational exchange of the top post of the national government, and said the constitution must be gender-friendly.