Call to implement laws to end gender inequality

November 24, 2017

The Himalayan Times, 24 Nov 2017 

Nepal received 195 recommendations on women’s rights, international instruments, child rights, justice and education from the United Nations Human Rights Council recently, but hardly any of them has been implemented.

At a workshop organised by the National Women Commission on ‘Monitoring Report on the Implementation Status of second Universal Periodic Report’ here today, it was informed that of the 195 recommendations, 56 are on issues of women rights, 45 on international instruments, 41 on child rights, 28 on justice and 20 on education.

The recommendations, among other things, call for enactment of laws to end child, early and forced marriages. The UNHRC also recommends separate law for ensuring the rights of gender and sexual minorities.

It also recommended to the government to ensure equal access of women to employment. Local levels need to be strengthened with adequate human and financial resources in order to protect women rights, it said. The rights body also suggested to the government to make child and maternal health care services accessible in the rural areas.

Chadani Joshi, former regional programme director of UNIFEM, said, “The law ensures equal rights to women, but only on paper.  Laws should be implemented so that women can fully enjoy their rights.”