KATHMANDU: Endorsing an 11-point declaration, the two-day 18th national conference of women lawyers concluded here today.

Demanding the promulgation of the new constitution on time, they sought for provision of independent and competent judiciary in the new statute.

They also urged the political for politics of consensus. Representation of 50 per cent women in every state organ was also sought for. “Such a representation is required in order to protect the right to equality of women,” the declaration stated.They also demanded that the government appoint women lawyers as legal advisors in government institutions and set up women units in Nepal Bar Association for their professional development.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the recent appointment of judges in Appellate Courts and District Courts, they called on the government to appoint judges through open competition.

Stating that only a few per cent of women advocates are appointed as judges in the Appellate Courts, the participants sought for a respectable position for women.