Number of women in higher education rising in Nepal: official

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UNITED NATIONS, March 13 (Xinhua) -- The enrolment of girls in schools in Nepal has increased over recent years, resulting in a higher number of girls and women in higher education, a senior Nepalese official said Tuesday.

Speaking at the ongoing 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW-63) of the UN, Niru Devi Pal, president of Women and Social Committee of Nepal, said Nepal has made various efforts to advance women's rights, with the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995 as an important point of departure.

The empowerment of women and girls and gender equality has changed the dynamics of human resources in the public sector and resulted in increase in the number of women in decision making roles, she said.

Many women have moved away from traditional roles and more women are engaged in economic activities and have become entrepreneurs, she said.

The senior official said Nepal implemented the 1995 declaration by preparing a comprehensive National Plan of Action, and the government has initiated a number of policies and programs to ensure women's empowerment and gender equality over the past two decades.

Women's presence and prominence are seen in almost all the sectors including politics, economy, media, education, environment, health, and social sector, she said.

There has been gradual progress in economic, social and infrastructure fronts that have a direct impact on women's wellbeing, she added.

She said the achievements in various fronts have been possible partly thanks to mutual cooperation among government, private sector, civil society and development partners.

She highlighted the implementation of gender responsive budget and adoption of gender responsive monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in September 1995, has been one of the most progressive blueprints produced for advancing women's rights. Enditem

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