HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: A group of single women has asked the government to ensure them equal rights on social, legal, cultural and political sectors.
Lily Thapa, founder of the Singe Women Group for Human Rights, said they will focus on capacity building of single women for their equal participation in mainstream politics at the national level. We have failed to press for the fulfillment of our genuine demands mainly due to the lack of our representation at the policy level, Thapa noted today at the conclusion of a three-day national workshop of single women that drew about 150 participants from 68 districts.
At the programme, she informed that the group has decided to pile pressure on the government to ensure that all single women get social security allowance meant for them in view of complaints from single women based in VDCs.
It should be noted that the budget for the fiscal year 2011-12 has provisioned that a widow, regardless of her age, is eligible for the monthly government allowance of Rs 500.
She said the single women will work to strengthen their mechanism at the central, regional and district levels. Thapa further said they will outline the role of single women in the new political situation of the country and draw stakeholders’ attention towards their concerns.