10 August 2021, Kathmandu
Inter-Generational Feminist Forum (IGFF), Women Humanitarian and DRR Platform (WHDRRP) and Women Friendly Disaster Management Core Group (WFDM) jointly put forward an appeal to the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers for making inclusive appointment in the public bodies by the Nepal government based on the principle of proportional representation on Tuesday.
The history of Nepali women’s movement has reached over one hundred years and women’s struggle in the political movement of the country cannot be ignored. The Constitution of Nepal is determined to form equitable society based on the principle of proportional inclusion and participation to guarantee social justice. Article 38 of the constitution has guaranteed that based on the principle of proportional inclusion, women have fundamental right to participate in each body of state.
Similarly, Article 42 has guaranteed the right to representation in public bodies of women socially and economically backwarded, dalit, indigenous, madhesi, tharu. However, the usage and implementation of the fundamental and constitutional rights is not satisfactory. State is not serious and has ignored the principle of proportional inclusion in the appointment of Council of Ministers, Judiciary, Constitutional Commissions including diplomatic and ambassador.
The Council of Ministers has not minimum representation of 33 percentages of women and other constitutional commissions including national women commission is under the grip of men and limited groups. These appointments by the government have wide political influences though are free from political parties. The situation is very painful. Along with this, government has disregard in the appointment of Chairperson of National Women Commission and other members in order to address the inter-differences within women.
In this regard, Inter-Generational Feminist Forum (IGFF), Women Humanitarian and DRR Platform (WHDRRP) and Women Friendly Disaster Management Core Group (WFDM) have made calling attention to make each public bodies inclusive based on the principle of proportional inclusion as guided by the constitution.
Nepal Government and political parties must be committed to appoint related experts freely and without bias based on the inclusive principle as guided by the multiparty democratic system, public liberty, fundamental rights, human right and democratic norms and values to create prosperous nation- the appeal reads.