Govt has policy of empowering women and their capacity building: Nepal PM

Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has reiterated that the government has the policy of empowering women and their capacity building.

Addressing a programme organised by the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens marking the 113th International Women’s Day today, he said the State would accord priority to women empowerment and capacity development.

PM Dahal said there has been an improvement in the status of women in terms of their reproductive health, education and other aspects, and that the government would facilitate in promoting women-friendly information technology, create a safe environment for women who are working in foreign countries and help them in case of any problems.

PM Dahal said that The constitution and laws have made significant and historical provisions for women’s rights. Women are in the leadership position from the local level to the Head-of-State. The country is moving ahead in achieving equal political, social and economic rights for women. The constitution has enshrined women’s rights as the fundamental rights.

He recalled that the women’s overwhelming participation in the People’s Movement proved their capacity and political awareness.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has said the early diagnosis and treatment of uterus and breast cancer would be taken ahead as a special programme.

Infertility treatment services, setting up of neonatal care centres at the ward level, early diagnosis and free treatment of cancer of the uterus and breast seen in women would be expanded to all the seven provinces as a special programme. The HPV mass vaccination programme targeting girls between the ages of nine to 13 years would be expanded across the country for the prevention of uterus cancer.

He added that a nutrition programme targeting women would be carried out to deal with anemia found in about 34 per cent of women of reproductive age.

Stating that the 113th International Women’s Day is being celebrated throughout the world today around the slogan – ‘DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality’, the PM observed that the issues of women’s rights are intricately related to the economic and political system in society.

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