Discrimination, evil practices declining: Prez
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, May 26: President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Saturday said the women’s rights movement has already taken an extensive form.
Inaugurating Chhahari, a shelter home of Women for Human Rights (WHR), a single women’s group, here on Saturday, President Bhandari said the commitments made in the constitution to end all forms of evil social practices had already taken a legal shape, creating some ease to the single women at present time.
The rights of single women have already been guaranteed as a fundamental rights, said President Bhandari, adding that to ease the life of single women, the government has established Single Women Security Fund.
“As the country is moving ahead in the path of development, all evil social practices are gradually declining. The movement introduced by the WHR has also played a crucial role in this drive,” said Bhandari.
Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Ishwor Pokharel said despite the end of constitutional and political discrimination against women, social and economic discrimination still prevailed in the society. The role played by the organisation like WHR is pivotal to end all forms of discriminations in the society, said Minister Pokharel.
He assured that the government was ready to help the organisation if it would present its proposal with a clear plan and vision.
Likewise, speaking at the event, Minister for Wovvvmen, Children and Senior Citizens, Tham Maya Thapa, said people’s perception about women has changed to some extent. However, the society’s behavior toward women is still the same, she added. Minister Thapa informed that under the President Women Upliftment Programme, the government has been working to bring changes in the development and transformation in Nepali women’s life. Founder Chair of WHR Lily Thapa said the movement which had commenced some 25 years ago to end the discrimination against women based on their marital status, has now been able to unite 1,25000 single women across the country. Referring the census of 2011, Thapa said 5.8 per cent of the total population of the country are single women. Of them 67 per cent were between the age of 20-35 and only six per cent of them were literate, she added.
As a consequence of the decade long armed conflict, a total of 10,000 women became single (widow), added Thapa. “This data has proved how miserable the life of single women has been, and how the single women without any skill and education have been raising their children,” said Thapa.
Chhahari, a shelter home, marked the 25th anniversary of single rights movement, where more than 500 single women throughout the country participated.