PM Deuba for Concerted Efforts for Women Empowerment « Khabarhub

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba at a ceremony to mark the 112th International Women’s Day held in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sher Bhadur Deuba insisted on collective efforts to realize women’s rights and empowerment.

In his address at a ceremony to mark the 112th International Women’s Day held in Kathmandu on Tuesday, Prime Minister Deuba urged everyone to campaign proactively to fight against all kinds of discrimination and violence against women and girls.

Calling the empowerment of women a common concern for all, the head of government said that the three-tier governments should work from their respective jurisdictions towards this end. He called on all relevant bodies to commit to guaranteeing the socio-economic and political rights of women through the effective implementation of relevant laws.

“The Constitution has guaranteed women’s rights as fundamental rights,” the prime minister said, adding. that the proportional representation of women in all state apparatuses is constitutionally guaranteed. As he explained, the Constitution envisioned the building of a proportional, inclusive and equitable society by eliminating all kinds of discrimination against women, enshrining the right of women to equal lineage, motherhood without risk and reproductive health; parental property, among others. “Any form of violence and exploitation against women is punishable by law.”

Today’s Day is itself an inspiration for us to treat women equally in all aspects of social, political, cultural and economic life and to move forward on the path to gender equality. According to him, the representation and participation of women in political and administrative spheres has improved thanks to political, legal, structural and procedural reforms.

Similarly, the Minister of Women, Children and Elderly, Uma Regmi, said that the representation of women in the political, economic and social sectors is gradually increasing, while the country is witnessing a significant drop in the rate of maternal mortality, an increase in the female literacy rate and economic empowerment indicators. “However, despite these remarkable achievements, we face the grave challenge of eliminating long-existing patriarchal thoughts, beliefs and behaviors in society.”

“Violence against women continues in the private sphere, accused of practicing witchcraft, in the form of rape, child marriage, sexual harassment, humiliation of the rules, dowry, human trafficking and ‘other multiple harmful practices against them and it is a complete travesty of human civilisation,’ she said, stressing the need to end violence and discrimination against women within of the domestic sphere before finding a path to socio-economic development.

The program was organized by the Ministry of Women, Children and the Elderly. International Women’s Day 2022 is celebrated across the country today with the slogan “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Future”.

Mara R. Wilmoth