South Asian Women's Convergence (SAWC) on Local Governance and Women's Political Participation was organised on 06-07 August 2017 by SAAPE Women's Rights Campaign organisations: All Nepal Women's Association (ANWA) and Women's Welfare Society (WWS) in Kathmandu, Nepal with the objective of expanding spaces and enhancing rights of women’s participation at local governance in South Asia concluded releasing a 10-point declaration.
The declaration adopted by participants from South Asian countries, including parliament members, civil society leaders and women right activists urged the governments, political parties and leaders in South Asia to increase the representation of women at all decision making levels, including local governance, to a minimum of 33 per cent and eventually raise it to over 50 per cent. The inclusion of more than 40 per cent women in the recently held local level election in Nepal has been commended and taken as an exemplary feat in the fight against women discrimination in the South Asian region. Besides, the declaration urged all the relevant stakeholders to collectively fight against patriarchy masquerading as religious fundamentalism and extremism that has adversely affected women's rights and political participation in the region.
The Convergence was inaugurated by former Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and chaired by President of All Nepal Women Association (ANWA) Goma Devkota on August 6, 2017.
Read declaration here