Advancing the partnership for gender equality and women’s rights in Nepal with the Ministry of Women Children and Senior Citizen

Date: Monday, June 4, 2018

Kathmandu, Nepal — As Nepal prepares to embark on a journey for sustained development after the successful completion of the country’s historic elections, two prominent advocates for gender equality and women’s empowerment meet to discuss the way forward for women and girls in Nepal.

Honorable Minister for Women Children and Senior Citizen, Excellency Tham Maya Thapa meets UN Women Nepal Representative Wenny Kusuma. Photo: UN Women Nepal
Honorable Minister for Women Children and Senior Citizen, Excellency Tham Maya Thapa meets UN Women Nepal Representative Wenny Kusuma. Photo: UN Women Nepal

The meeting between the Minister for Women Children and Senior Citizen (MoWCSC), Tham Maya Thapa and UN Women Nepal Representative, Wenny Kusuma revolved around the alignment of their vision to advance the economic, social and political empowerment of women; gender discriminatory social norms and practices; and make gender equality truly a cross cutting area of prioritization for development actors for deeper collaboration between the two agencies.

During the meeting, Minister Tham Maya Thapa said that, “women have been facing structural and harmful traditional practices for many years and economic empowerment is crucial to empower them to overcome patriarchal practices". She remarked that, "the formulation of law is not enough to resolve existing gender-based discriminated related issues in our society. Awareness and sensitization are equally important to ensure the effective implementation and monitoring of laws and policies at the federal, provincial and local level”.

Kusuma confirming the continued partnership with the MoWCSC to advance gender equality and women’s rights in Nepal said that, “UN Women’s five year’s strategic plan is aligned with the Government of Nepal’s priorities. UN Women is ready to offer relevant support to the Government to meet these priorities”. She added that, “the success of the Government on gender issues will lead to the success of gender equality and women’s empowerment.