PM vows to address women’s dev issues

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Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal has said there is a need to prioritise women for the elimination of poverty in the country. He was addressing the concluding ceremony of a three-day regional advocacy forum organised by the SAARC Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs’ Council (SCWEC) on Monday.

“For the least developed countries like Nepal, it is important to move forward by participating women in economic activities for the development of the country,” Khanal said. SCWEC Chairperson Pramila Acharya Rizal stated it was challenging to provide all women an access to economy. Highlighting the need for economic participation of women in South Asia, delegates shared in the forum best practices that could be replicated in the region. UN-WOMEN programme coordinator for Nepal, Sangita Thapa said a good number of women had started participating in economic activities in the SAARC region. However, there were still many areas for improvement. She estimated that 50 percent of women are involved in economic activities while 55 percent are economically active in Nepal. However, they were still deprived of property rights.

Accepting recommendations from the meet, Khanal pledged their implementation. Participants criticised media for excessively focusing on politics and ignoring issues affecting women. They stressed the need to sensitise journalists on women’s issues.

Date:- 2011-03-29



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