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Workforce diversity and reservation policy in Nepal: A strategic approach to strengthening women’s voice and visibility in formal employment sector
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While the private sector in Nepal, although expanding, is still small to generate adequate employment opportunities, government public service, UN agencies, multilateral and bilateral agencies, and INGOs remain important hubs for employment. Started in 2007 initially focusing on the civil service, a reservation policy in Nepal has emerged as a key policy for employing women in the public service. Development agencies and INGOs working in the country have also developed workforce diversity
policies to facilitate the recruitment of staff from marginalized groups including women. The role of such polices in promoting workforce diversity is little understood. This paper analyses workforce diversity and inclusion policies of governmental and non-governmental agencies and explores the importance of such policies for enhancing women’s visibility and voice in the formal employment sector which would contribute to inclusive and sustainable development and policy making. It draws on the primary and secondary data of workforce diversity in government, development agencies, including INGOs. We find that affirmative action policies adopted by the government and other nonstate actors for the recruitment of staff have enhanced the representation of women in the workforce. Given the deep-rooted gender discrimination and exclusionary social structures and institutions, we argue that affirmative action policies for women’s representation is essential not only for creating a diverse workforce and promoting gender equality, but also for the best use of their knowledge, talent and perspectives to foster nation’s inclusive development. We suggest necessary policy measures for
creating visibility of women, voice and influence in policy making and development decision making and practices. This policy measure, we hope, would inform intervention strategies of governments and development agencies in Asia in making development and organizational systems that foster transformational change and empowerment of people with limited power and voice.

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ILO ,   (2018 )
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Publication in English
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EMPLOYMENT, EMPLOYMENT CREATION, EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, EMPLOYMENT SECURITY, FREE CHOICE OF EMPLOYMENT, EMPLOYMENT POLICY, EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, CULTURAL DIVERSITY
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 ILO : International Labor & Labor
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12.01.00  -  Employment Promotion And Planning
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