Kathmandu, June 21 :

Women activists demanding greater role in the affairs of the state continued their protest programme today.

Women leaders affiliated to the seven political parties and various rights organisations gheraoed the central office of the UML at Balkhu today. They also handed over a memorandum to UML general Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal. Accepting the memorandum, Nepal said, “The protest aimed at ensuring the rights of the womenfolk is justified.”

Nepal assured the women that he would again take up the issue at a meeting of the

seven-party alliance to be held tomorrow.

A meeting between the alliance’s Joint Women Struggle Committee, sister organisations of political parties and several human rights and women’s organisations, meanwhile, passed three decisions on the women’s movement. Uma Adhikary, the central member of Nepali Congress (D) said the meeting decided that protest programmes would also be held outside the Valley.

“A greater alliance would be formed to give continuity to the protest programme until women secure one-third position in the interim constitution drafting committee, talks teams and other committees formed by the government,” she said.

The activists are protesting the exclusion of women in committees formed after the restoration of the House of Representatives.