Women in Nepal’s Transition

Policy brief

Upreti, Bishnu Raj & Åshild Kolås (2016) Women in Nepal’s Transition, PRIO Policy Brief, 11. Oslo: PRIO.

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The 2006 signing of Nepal’s Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) was the beginning of a long process of transition and social reconstruction. Women achieved an unprecedented representation in constitution-making, especially in the first Constituent Assembly (CA). The second CA finalized the new Constitution in 2015, and soon after, Nepal’s first female President and Speaker were elected. In this policy brief we reflect on the contributions of Nepali women to the post-war constitution-making process, to gauge what the considerable female representation has meant, the key challenges, and what has been accomplished.

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