No one can halt women’s progress now: Speaker


World woment's conference

Venezuelan artists perform during the inauguration ceremony of the 2nd World Women’s Conference in Kathmandu, on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Photo: RSS

Kathmandu, March 13

Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar today said no one can now halt the progress of daughters born in the country as the new constitution had guaranteed gender equality in all aspects.

Inaugurating a six-day ‘World Women’s Conference’ organised by World Women’s Conference and hosted by the United Women’s Association, a joint body of sister organisations of eight different political parties, in the capital she said daughters born in new Nepal would not be confined to domestic chores anymore.

“Article 56 (6) of the new constitution has ensured women the right to hold the post of president, vice-president, speaker, prime minister, chief justice or any other top post of the country.

Hence, if our daughters are given proper education and made capable, they can lead the nation,” she said, adding that no citizen would be discriminated against if the provisions of the new constitution were implemented effectively.

She, however, said that word-by-word implementation of the constitution was still a challenge as some parties and groups were still agitating against some of its provisions.

Shila Hamal, Asia Pacific Coordinator of World Women’s Conference, said women from across the world were suffering from various problems such as poverty, discrimination, sexual exploitation, domestic violence and many other forms of violence and that the conference was organised to fight all these problems unitedly.

Hundreds of participants from 46 countries such as India, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Netherlands, Burkina Faso, Africa, United Kingdom and others are participating in the conference.

A version of this article appears in print on March 14, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.