Sharing and Discussion Program on "Constitutional Provisions for Women's Participation and its Constraints"

On 9th December 2016, a sharing and discussion program on "Constitutional Provisions for Women's Participation and Its Constraints" under the project "Strengthening women’s participation especially from marginalized communities in local governance, decision making, elections and politics (SMARCO)" was organized by Jagaran Nepal in Kathmandu, Nepal. The program was organized with an objective to discuss on the constitutional provisions for women's participation declared by Nepal Constitution and the challenges for its implementation, and further to share the conclusions from the program among the concerned authorities.

The Project aims to strengthen women’s participation especially from marginalized communities in local governance, decision making, elections and politics, consisting of 30 remote VDCs of six districts of eastern and central region.

The Paper on the above mentioned topic was presented by an external expert and the findings were shared and feedbacks were collected from the concerned stakeholders including legislative members and political leaders. The paper presentation was followed by suggestions and feedback from different experts like Janak Chalise, CPN-ML; Kanta Bhattarai, member of parliament; Sita Pokharel, Centre Committee Member of CPN (Maoist) Centre; Anita Bindu, Vice-Chairperson of Nepal Federation of Journalist and so on. Similarly participants from different Student Union, civil society organizations, network members put forth their views regarding the program issue and the challenges for implementation of women's participation.

A total of around 35 participants participated in the program including representatives from different line ministries, legislative members, women leaders from different political parties, youth leaders, etc. Similarly representatives from different NGO, networks working in different human/women rights sector, civil society groups, human/women rights activist and Medias had participated in the program. The program was moderated by Ms. Meena Bista, Manager of Jagaran Nepal, chaired by Ms. Samjhana Pokharel, Chairperson of Jagaran Nepal. The program began with welcome remarks and objective sharing of Mr. Dipak Prasad Bashyal, National Project Coordinator.

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