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Context-International Women’s Day; UN calls for increasing women’s participation in decision making level

KATHMANDU: The United Nations has said that women’s overall participation and leadership in decision-making at all levels needs to be strengthened for them to assume central roles as change agents.

Issuing a press statement to mark the 103rd International Women’s Day which is commemorated on March 8‚ the world body said despite numerous global and national pledges to end violence against women‚ millions are facing physical‚ sexual‚ economic and emotional violence.

The statement reads that accessing citizenship documents was a challenge for many women in Nepal. “Ensuring women’s access to citizenship certificates is vital to advance their political‚ social and economic participation‚ which in turn provides them better protection against violence and exploitation‚” it said.

“There is the need for a strong legislation to criminalize all forms of violence against women (VAW)‚ provision that makes access to justice easy and services to ensure that survivors are not forced into poverty and isolation‚” it said.

 

Published Date: Thursday, March 7th, 2013 | 10:53 PM

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