‘Policies to empower women workers underway’

Kathmandu, January 14

Minister for Labour and Employment Dipak Bohara today said that the ministry was working to bring concrete programmes for the development of women labourers in the informal sector after accommodating the sector in the country’s employment policy.

Speaking at a programme to mark the 7th annual general meeting of SAARC Business Association of Home Based Workers Nepal in the Capital today, Bohara said that a clear policy would be formulated to sort out discriminations against women in the informal sector in terms of payments and workload in comparison to men.

“The ministry is working to provide employment opportunities to women in villages after identifying their labour categories, apart from city areas,” he said.

Likewise, Joint Secretary at the ministry Aava Shrestha said that it was important to formulate a policy for this sector at a time when there was no exact data of women working in this sector and their jobs were not prioritised properly.

Chief Commissioner at the National Information Commission Krishna Hari Baskota stressed the need to make women capable by exploring their skills.

According to SABAH Nepal, around 22,000 women are working in informal sector across Nepal.