‘Violence against women in politics exists in many forms’

Women rights campaigners and political activists have said women politicians in Nepal suffer from violence of one form or the other.

Speaking at an interaction programme on ‘Spectrum of Violence against Women’ organised in the capital on Thursday, the activists deplored the prevalence of violence against women in Nepali society, underlining the need to increase the participation of women to fight discriminations. According to them, domestic violence accounts for 80 percent of violence against women.

Former minister and CPN-UML leader Sahana Pradhan said Nepali women should actively participate in politics to break the “monopoly of male politicians”. She maintained that the ordinance passed by the last session of the parliament is not compatible with international standards.

Similarly, former deputy speaker of the parliament Chitra Lekha Yadav stressed the need for fair politics that would allow equal space to men and women. She added that Nepal lost a historic opportunity of electing the first woman speaker in South Asia.

Likewise, president of All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU) Ram Kumari Jhakri said low participation of women in politics is directly related to lack of economic opportunities for women. She also expressed dissatisfaction over the absence of women in decision making level in the political parties.

source: http://www.nepalnews.com/archive/2009/jun/jun18/news08.php

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