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UN Joint Statement for International Women’s Day 2016 ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality!’
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Women form over half of the world’s population, yet women remain under-represented in most of the institutions that make decisions about key aspects of their lives. This occurs despite their proven abilities as leaders and agents of change, and their right to participate equally in democratic governance and all spheres of society. They are under-represented in elected offices,the civil service, the private sector and academia, from the global to the local level. As of autumn 2015, only 22 per cent of all national parliamentarians were female, a slow increase from 11.3 per cent in 1995, while 11 women served as Head of State and 13 served as Head of Government globally. In Nepal women are increasingly assuming leadership roles and have become more
active as political leaders, peace agents, entrepreneurs and frontline responders to the 2015 earthquakes.

This reality of under-representation, exclusion and discrimination is holding back women,progress for them and members of their societies in many parts of the world. Building on the provisions in the new Constitution and the Gender and Social Inclusion Policy of the Election Commission, the upcoming local elections in Nepal need to be shaped by women’s leadership and decision-making at the local level, as both equal voters and as candidates nominated by
political parties. The United Nations in Nepal is committed to supporting the Government to step it up for gender equality, women’s human rights and the empowerment of all women in Nepal.

#UN #SecretaryGeneral #BanKiMoon #InternationalWomenDay #2016 #Planet50-50 #GenderEquality #SDGs
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