Need for presenting progress of Nepali women stressed

Kathmandu, August 14

Woman rights activists, government officials and stakeholders have stressed the need for a consolidated progress report to be presented in multiple UN forums being held in 2020.

They demanded the consolidated report as Nepal is not able to showcase its remarkable achievements made on gender equality and women empowerment in international forums.

The year 2020 will be an important opportunity for Nepal to present its achievements as it is the year for major UN reviews like Beijing+25, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG+5) and UNSCR 1325+20. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) had adopted resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security on October 2000. The resolution reaffirms and emphasises contributions women make towards conflict prevention, peacekeeping and conflict resolution.

Celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as well as ICPD+25 (International Conference on Population and Development) will also take place in the same year.

“Though Nepal is making remarkable achievements on women empowerment and gender equality it is not able to present these achievements in international forums. Such events are platform to showcase the achievements made by Nepal.

Therefore a consolidated document should be prepared on time to present Nepal’s achievements in equality and empowerment of women in such international forums,” said Bandana Rana UN CEDAW, vice-chair at a programme titled, ‘Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment 2020, What it Means for Nepal,’ organised in the Capital today.

The event was organised to discuss about coordinated and collective action in drafting official reports including issues related to gender equality and women’s empowerment to be presented in UN forums.