Participation of women in politics

Himalaya Times
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It is not easy for women in politics as compared to men. Due to various aspects it is still difficult for women to be as determined as men in politics. They are still not able to create the same statistics as men. But to comment on women  still lagging behind is also to push back their progress. If we compare the current situation to two or three decades ago, a lot has changed.

Reservation is helping them to enter from civil service to political activism. In Federal Parliament and Provincial Assembly elections, women won few seats only. Debates on the sympathy received being a woman and the comfort given to them by reservation are popular these days. However, it is a fact that very few women were elected in the elections. Due to this, now the parties have a constitutional obligation to send more women to the parliament through Proportional Representation. The parties must reach the number prescribed by law. This move will be easier for women to become the member of parliament, as party's committed workers and well-wishers did not vote for their party proportionally.

The fact that some of the names recommended in proportionality were displaced by the name who had connection with the leaders, the leader’s wives being in the forefront. Many voters did not vote for proportional members as the voters and activists blamed the party for not suggesting deserving names. As a result, even bigger parties could not get as many votes as expected. Some voters did not vote in the Provincial Assembly, citing there was no need for the Provincial Assembly. There are accusations that the provincial assembly has only increased the financial burden for the country.

It is being argued that it is not justified because provincial assembly is not a place to manage party activists. The local bodies are directly connected with the people and the federal parliament is involved in law amending process, but many have concerns that there is no role of the provincial assembly. It can also be taken as the voter's distaste that was created due to the nepotism listed earlier, even in the proportion of the Federal Parliament. As a result, the relatives and husbands of those listed women were also defeated in the election.

Hem Bahadur Malla Thakuri, known as 'Shere Dhanusha' during the Panchayat period, made his wife a member of the National Panchayat, and when his other wife complained, he consoled her by saying, "I will get you elected again," which is also reminiscent of the trend of current leaders. They try to justify their actions by weighing their contribution towards the nation being equal, but the people are not ready to accept this.

The party could have easily managed to choose one person in the place, but why didn't they want to? Due to such feelings and thoughts, people's attitude towards politics and political persons is negative. In any case, the fact that a large number of women will be able to represent the parliament is a positive step. However, the importance of the post should not become a matter of criticism of the post or the system in coming days.

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