'Women leadership deserves support from grassroots'


BY A STAFF REPORTER,Kathmandu, Dec. 8: Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizen, Uma Regmi has said that the leadership capacity of women should be enhanced from grassroots to increase women’s participation in the political sector. 

Speaking at the discussion programme orgniased by National Information Commission held on Wednesday, Minister Regmi said that political parties did not give priority to women participation in current election of House of Representatives and Provincial Assemblies in. 

Movement has not kept the gender-based violence cases in priority, she said addressing another programme organised today by Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizen in collaboration with Forum for Women, Law and Development and Koshish Nepal. 

She also said that it is injustice to allocate low budget to the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizen compared to other ministries. 

The issues of 80 per cent population of nation of women, children, elderly citizens and people with disabilities need to be addressed by a single ministry, but the allocated budget is not enough to address their issues, she said. 

That’s why the Ministry itself needs to be empowered to address the problems of women, children, elderly citizen and people with disabilities.  

The cancellation of women development section in the districts has created problems in working in the sector of women rights, she added. 

Laxmi Kumari Basnet, joint-secretary of Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizen, presenting a paper, said that women had faced violence from womb to old age in their life cycle. 

Sabin Shrestha, advocate of Forum for Women, Law and Development, said that among the different kinds of violence, the cases of cybercrime has increased in the society in recent times with excessive use of social sites.  

Indicating the suicide cases, he said that 7,117 people committed suicide in last fiscal year, with the highest number in Bagmati Province at 1,582. 

The suicide cases may also increase due to the online violence of social sites, he said. 

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