Stress on women’s empowerment

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KATHMANDU: Women right activists today said economic empowerment is a must for every woman.


At an interaction organised by Women for Human Rights (WHR) and Sancharika Samuha with support from the European Union, Lily Thapa, the WHR founder, said if girls married before becoming financially independent are likely to face domestic violence and torture.


“If the husband is dead, a financially dependent woman will be at the receiving end,” said Thapa.


She said though law bans discrimination on the basis of marital status, Nepali widows have been bearing the brunt of domestic violence and social exclusion.


It is worth appreciating that the government has scrapped the age limit for widows to get social security allowance, said Thapa.


Before the scrapping of the provision, the government used to provide Rs 500 a month to every single woman above 60 year of age.


According to WHR, there are more than 40,000 single women below 45 registered in 425 VDCs, but only two per cent of them have received higher education, and only a few are financially independent.


Nirmala Acharya, general secretary, Sancharika Samuha, said the media have paid little heed to single women.


Other speakers of the programme urged the government to empower single women rather than bringing ambitious schemes of granting certain amount to the men who marry single women.






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