Women’s network to fight for proper representation

Kathmandu, March 6:

The women’s network of the eight political parties has decided to mark the 97th International Women’s Day by raising common demand of proportionate representation of women in every sector of government structure, including constituent assembly (CA). The network that includes women leaders from the eight parties, has also decided to take out a procession and hold a mass meeting in Kathmandu on March 8.

Speaking at an interaction at the Reporters’ Club, Sashi Shrestha of the Janmorcha Nepal said the parties failed to provide women their right to proper representation in the interim parliament. “The failure to secure women’s position in the interim parliament and interim constitution has indicated that the women’s position is not secure even in the CA and in the constitution to be made by the CA,” she said.

“Women’s day has taught us a lesson that no achievement can be made without unity. Therefore, we have decided to go unitedly for our rights,” said Bidhya Bhandari of the CPN-UML.

Uma Adhikari of NC-D said though the government has decided to ensure 33 per cent representation of women in every level and agency of the government, their representation in the interim legislature did not exceed 12 per cent.

Hisila Yami of the CPN-Maoist said there would be a unified voice of women for a republic Nepal to mark this year’s women’s day.

Meanwhile, various organisations working for women’s rights will jointly organise a women’s festival in the Kathmandu Valley to mark the 97th International Women’s Day.

At a press meet organised by the Women Rehabilitation Centre here today, participants said the festival would provide a platform for all women from the grassroots level to share their experiences.

“We are organising the festival to share experiences of the women’s organisations and show the suffering of rural people,” said Yashodha Poudel, a representative from the Chetana Mahila Association, Udyapur. “This is a kind of demonstration for obtaining the rights of women at the central level,” she said.