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The study analyzes the existing status of women in terms of education, health, social security, employment, property rights, and participation and representation in politics and in public forums.
The study concludes that the political parties in Nepal are guided by patriarchal norms and values and the representation of women in decision-making positions in political parties is symbolic.
Studies show higher numbers of women in parliament generally contribute to stronger attention to women’s issues. Women’s political participation is a fundamental prerequisite for gender equality. It facilitates women’s direct engagement in public decision-making and is a means of ensuring better accountability to women. One of the pillars of UN Women’s work is advancing women’s political participation and good governance, to ensure that decisionmaking processes are participatory, responsive, equitable and inclusive. Efforts are focused through strategic entry points that can advance the status of women by catalysing wide-ranging, long-term impacts.