President Bidya Devi Bhandari has called the attention of all sides to proceed with special initiatives for building a civilized society with gender parity.

The President made this call while inaugurating the International Women's Day programme organised by the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens here today.

On the occasion, President Bhandari said that the social and cultural inequalities could not be ended without establishing economic equality, and that the constitution has guided for achieving the same.

President Bhandari said, "Many initiatives have been brought at the national and international levels for minimizing violence against women and establishing women's rights. In line with these efforts, constitutional and legal provisions, policies and programmes have been established in our country as well."

Stating that the participation of women in politics and administration has been significantly increasing due to the efforts made so far for achieving gender equality, the President said, a positive change has been brought in education, health, ownership over property, and labour participation.