Kathmandu, March 24: Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens Julie Kumari Mahato stressed that women’s full and effective participation in public life and the decision-making process underpins Nepal’s development aspirations to create an inclusive, just, and equitable society.
Addressing the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women through a pre-recorded video this morning, she underscored the structural barriers and challenges hindering women’s effective participation in public life called for an enhanced level of international support and cooperation towards the achievement of the gender-related SDGs by 2030.
She highlighted Nepal’s major achievements made in the field of gender equality and women empowerment. Equal lineage and property rights, safe motherhood and reproductive health rights, and women’s right to participate in all State structures are ensured in the Constitution based on the principle of proportional representation, she stated, according to New York-based Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations.
Reiterating Nepal’s zero-tolerance policy on gender-based violence, she stated that the recently enacted National Gender Equality Policy 2021, Acid and Other Lethal Chemical Substances (Regulation) Ordinance, and the Ordinance to Amend the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code are expected to be instrumental in establishing gender-friendly governance at all levels.
Minister Mahato underlined the significant increase in the representation of women at the elected posts of the federal, provincial, and local levels and expressed Nepal’s commitment to ensure gender equality and women empowerment thereby eliminating all forms of discrimination against women.
The 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women is being held from 15-26 March 2021 under the theme of ‘Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life'.
Nepali delegation to the Session led by Ms Mahato includes the member of National Assembly Dr Bimala Rai Paudyal, Secretary of the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens Ms Yam Kumari Khatiwada, Nepal’s Permanent Representative to the UN Mr Amrit Bahadur Rai, gender expert Ms Bandana Rana, and senior government officials.