KATHMANDU, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Nepal's lawmakers affiliated to different political parties have demanded to ensure the representation of 33 percent in the Constituent Assembly (CA) and other state mechanism.
They also criticized the dismal representation of women in the current 21-member cabinet where only two are female ministers. Speaking at the Parliament Session on Monday, they urged the party leadership and government to give more priority to women leaders while appointing 26 members of the CA. Out of 601-member body, 26 seats are yet to be nominated by the government.
"Despite the repeated assurance from the political parties to make the state organs more inclusive, women's participation in the CA and government is very dismal. Government should give priority while appointing 26-members of CA," Nepali Congress lawmaker Maha Laxmi Dina Upadhaya said in the Parliament.
The number of female lawmakers in the second CA has fallen to 30 percent from 33 percent in the earlier CA. They have also demanded that the parties and the government adopt special measures to increase the number of the women. "I draw the attention of the government and political parties to increase the number of women in the House," said another lawmaker Kunti Shahi from Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N).
In the earlier CA, there were 197 female lawmakers, while in the second CA there are 162 lawmakers which have worried the women lawmakers and rights activists. The reinstated Parliament in 2007 had passed a resolution on women's rights, ensuring 33 percent female representation in every state organ which was owned by Interim Constitution 2007.