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Nepal: New House of Representatives to be less inclusive (Picture: The Kathmandu Post)
Monday, December 05, 2022
Nepal: New House of Representatives to be less inclusive
As proportional representation votes are scattered among parties, women, Dalits, Janajatis will be underrepresented. With most Dalit, Janajati and women candiates across parties failing to win the first-past-the-post (FPTP) elections for the House...
Nepal: Women candidates in HoR and PA elections of 2079 BS (Picture: My Republica)
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Nepal: Women candidates in HoR and PA elections of 2079 BS
KATHMANDU, Nov 25: Five women candidates have been elected to the House of Representatives (HoR) in the elections held on November 20. According to the data of the Election Commission (EC), women candidates were elected from five constituencies...
Nepal: Women’s share in House likely to shrink (Picture: The Kathmandu Post)
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Nepal: Women’s share in House likely to shrink
With few women FPTP candidates, more of them may need to be elected to the upper house to meet the requirement. Cross-party women politicians have long been lobbying with their leaders to increase the number of female candidates in the first-past-...
Nepal: Major political parties fall short to ensure gender parity in politics (Nepal Live Today)
Thursday, October 13, 2022
Nepal: Major political parties fall short to ensure gender parity in politics
Almost all political parties have an extremely lower ratio of women to men candidates fielded under the first-past-the-post category in the upcoming elections. Kathmandu: The preliminary data released by the Election Commission, the country’s...
Nepal: Women MPs, unite  (Post Illustration)
Friday, September 30, 2022
Nepal: Women MPs, unite
A new women’s parliamentary caucus is needed at a time when they are being brazenly discriminated. If one thing has remained unchanged in the history of Nepal’s democratic polity, it is the male-dominated political parties’ deliberate...
Reena Kumari Shah (right) and Kaushalaya Devi (left), the now-elected mayors of Maulapur and Ishnath local level in Rautahat district. Photo: Prabhat Jha/THT
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Nepal: Women candidates elected as mayor in two Rautahat local levels
The result announcement of elections held on May 13 have revealed two women candidates as the winners of mayoral elections in two local levels of Rautahat district.  Reena Kumari Shah and Kaushalaya Devi will hold office as mayors in Maulapur and...
Hisila Yami being interviewed by AP about a Maoist garbage removal program in Thamel, Kathmandu, October 8, 2010. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Neil Horning
Friday, May 13, 2022
A long way to go for gender equality in Nepali politics
Nepal has progressive laws and quotas for women’s representation in politics, but patriarchy and gender discrimination run deep and influence the decisions of parties. On April 28, misogyny in Nepal’s politics and society was on full display during...
Nepal: Women leaders from across the political spectrum say they feel constrained - The Kathmandu Post
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Nepal: Women leaders from across the political spectrum say they feel constrained
Their representation in local elections has been trimmed but they cannot speak up. Female politicians say the fight will continue though. Out of 46,693 nominations for executive positions at the local level —mayor, deputy mayor, chairpersons and...
Nepal: Election Commission revokes provision to compulsorily field woman candidate - Nepal Live Today
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Nepal: Election Commission revokes provision to compulsorily field woman candidate
The commission rescinded the decision after the political parties protested against the provision stating that it is against existing laws. The Election Commission has revoked a provision that mentioned that a political party contesting for only the...
Saraswoti Nepali, ward member, Shiwalaya Rural Municipality, Karnali Provinc - International IDEA
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Meaningful inclusion demands constant investment, but female local officials have barely got it
The 22 years old Saraswati Nepali is the mom of two kids and lives approximately five hours' drive (and five hours walk) away from the headquarter of Karnali Province, Surkhet—a place that paid the heaviest of prices in the 10 year-long armed...
While the inclusive principles were applied in selection of lower-levels leaders, top leadership continued to be in the hands of the traditional elite groups. Credits: the Annapurna Express
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Nepali political parties far from inclusive
In line with the inclusive principles enshrined in the Constitution of Nepal 2015, the three major political parties—in their recently held general conventions—included cluster-wise inclusion in their central committees (CCs). Yet while the...
Monday, December 14, 2020
Women leaders set example for rest of Nepal
After the first elections under federalism in 2017, Hupsekot became one of only two municipalities in Nepal in which women were voted both chair and deputy. Laxmi Pandey of the Nepali Congress was elected chair, and Kopila Malla of the UML was voted...
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Women politicians go unheard when they speak out but are ostracised if they oppose party narrative
Sarita Giri, on Thursday, was officially expelled from the Samajbadi Party, and consequently as a Member of Parliament, in the culmination of a series of events over the past few weeks that illustrate just how difficult it is for outspoken women in...
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
When women in politics meet women in media
Women parliamentarians and other leaders in politics, on Sunday, discussed how people generally are less likely to recognise leadership qualities in women and stressed on the urgency to break this gender gap with female journalists, in Kathmandu....
Friday, September 27, 2019
In Nepal, an uphill battle for gender parity
Female representation in Nepal's parliament has increased dramatically in the last 10 years. It’s the result of a far-reaching gender quota system in the Himalayan nation that has made the country’s Constitution one of the most politically...
Friday, May 10, 2019
Nepal survey: does a seat at the table guarantee gender equality?
Nepal’s constitution mandates that women hold at least 33% of seats in the national parliament and provincial assemblies, and at least 40% in local governments. These provisions, enshrined in 2015, have given a record number of women a place at the...
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Nepal: Including the excluded
When Bidya Devi Bhandari became Nepal’s first woman President in 2015, cynics dismissed her arguing that she was the widow of a political leader, it was a ceremonial position anyway, and one woman becoming head of state did not change the lives of...
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Nepal: Call for women’s representation and leadership in local governance
Nepal — "I am contesting the upcoming election with my headscarf on, duly following the advice of my mother-in-law. But I have offered my full support to my daughter-in-law to contest the polls without the scarf" says Kausilya Tharu, 45, who came...

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