Kathmandu, Sept 14: The third general convention of the Nepal Women Association (NWA) — a woman wing of the Nepali Congress — kicked off in the capital on Wednesday.
Inaugurating the general convention, NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba said that women representation should be elevated in the local, provincial and central level elections. “Women’s representation at every level as specified in the constitution is challenging. The role of women themselves is key to enhance their participation in line with the national charter”, he added.
The NC President said that the NWA, established in 2004 BS, has been playing lead role for women rights and liberation since its establishment in 2004 BS.
Senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel stressed the need to implement the constitution to institutionalize the rights bestowed to women. “There should be 33 per cent women participation in the Council of Ministers. Likewise, the constitutional provision should be kept in mind while making appointments of National Planning Commission members and ambassadors”.
NC general secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala lauded the remarkable role NWA played for women’s empowerment and democracy since 70 years back.
Also speaking at the programme were Minister for Peace and Reconstruction and NC treasurer Sita Devi Yadav, former general secretary duo Prakash Man Singh and Krishna Prasad Sitaula, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi, former treasurer Chitra Lekha Yadav, central member Sujata Koirala, among others.
As many as 2,200 delegates are taking part in the general convention which will conclude on Friday, with a new leadership of the Association.
The closed session of the NWA will kick start at 9.00 am on Thursday. RSS