HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Gender equality can be ensured only by eliminating all acts of violence against women and girls, said Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare Badri Neupane at the Fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women in United Nations in New York yesterday.
While underlining Nepal’s priorities at the Commission, Minister Neupane emphasised the need to guarantee women’s overall rights to achieving gender equality. “The government is doing its best to protect the rights of women and keep them out of any kind of violence,” he said. “A range of services such as rehabilitation centres, one stop crisis management centres, free legal aid, and a special national fund for gender based violence are being put in place.”
According to a statement issued by Nepal’s Permanent Mission to the UN, New York, Minister Neupane also informed the session that a process to establish a fast-track court to address domestic violence is also under way. The government has also started special services for migrants, women with disability, conflict-affected women and widows, he said.
Nepal is the first South Asian country to develop the National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and 1820. The increased participation of women and protection of women and girls from sexual and gender-based violence and ending impunity are the government’s topmost priority, said Neupane.