UN Women to provide training to elected women representatives at the local levels

Kathmandu, March 6: The UN Women is all prepared to impart leadership as well as skill enhancement training to the elected women representatives at the local levels.

"We are planning to offer leadership and capacity building training to particularly the elected women representatives at the local levels people's so as to enhance their performance with regard to women issues," said Wenny Kusuma, country representative of the UN Women, Nepal, at a media interaction held on Tuesday.

She said the training would be organised in coordination with other organisations working on women's rights so that maximum number of and the needy elected women representatives at the local levels get the training. "Gender equality and social inclusion will be focused in such trainings."

Over 14,000 women have been elected as the people's representatives at the local levels. According to a report, many of the representatives, almost one in five, are illiterate.

With regard to labour migration and victimisation of women, the UN Women country representative said the UN agency would work with policy level and other organisation for women's rights. "We want more transparency in labour migration policy and the one that favours women."

Responding to queries, Sama Shrestha, unit manager, the peace and security and humanitarian action, UN Women, Nepal, said that the UN Women was also working on women representation in judicial sector, policy levels.

Rachana Bhattarai, programme officer, women's economic empowerment unit, UN Women, Nepal, said that patriarchal social structure was the main hinderance to women advancement in Nepal as it is in many other countries.

The media interaction was held on the occasion of International Women's Day, March 8.

This year, the theme of the International Women's Day is 'Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women's lives.'

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