In Nepal, Women Fight to Maintain Seats in the Constituent Assembly

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In Nepal, Women Fight to Maintain Seats in the Constituent Assembly

Nepali women had much to be proud of as 172 of them were seated in the country’s newest Constituent Assembly on Jan. 22. They filled almost 30 percent of the 575 seats that were contested during parliamentary elections last fall, despite the decision by a group of party elders to reduce the assembly’s women’s quota by 66 seats to 22 percent.

In addition to traditional lawmaking, this Constituent Assembly is also tasked with drafting Nepal’s new constitution, making the presence of the women especially important.

 

We invite our users to read the complete article published January 24 2014