Women With Vision

Sharing her experiences as a human rights activist since the last 7 years, Niraula said, “Women in our society, though being religiously respected, are almost barred outside the home and are living within the boundary of 4 walls. In general practice, they are mostly limited to household chores.”

Because of patriarchal society, she shared how the women in our society are mostly taken as assistants to the husbands and taken as secondary citizens and just as birth-giving machines.

“In childhood, a girl needs to stay under the control of her dad, in adulthood, she stays under the control of her husband while her sons are controlling her in her old age. So, women are always in control of males throughout their life,” she expressed dissatisfaction about the general notion of our society. “For access to the property, she mostly needs to depend upon males. There is also a discrimination in providing education to children in Nepal. While boys are mostly sent to private and boarding schools, girls are enrolled in government schools,” she lamented.

She also clarified the provisions in the present Constitution of Nepal on the issues of marriage and family.

“In the first cabinet of BP Koirala in 1959, there was only one lady minister. Now, after 57 years, the situation is no better for women into politics in Nepal, with only one female minister present in the Prachanda cabinet.” She pointed out the presence of the only minister in the current cabinet of ministers.

There is a lack of women present in the law sector also though the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nepal is female for the first time in the history, she said.

“The police department also performs no better on inclusiveness as there is sheer lack of women cell in the police department to work on the cases of Violence Against Women (VAW).

Clarifying about the situation of women in the laws of Nepal, she mentioned that the article 26 of the constitution of Nepal has well defined safe motherhood and deciding on the number of children as women’s fundamental rights.

“Though the present constitution of Nepal has removed most of the discriminatory laws persisting in the previous constitution, along with the addition of the provision for the proportional representation of women in different government organs, it is still not brought into practice to help them come forward. But, with it going to be implemented soon, the days ahead are brighter,” she shared.