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Declaration Of South Asian Conference On Women’s Political Participation And Representation

September 25, 2015, at 12:00 am

We the women rights campaigners from south Asian Countries working in members of parliament, political parties, civil society organisations, business and academia gathered in Kathmandu on 11 and 12 September 2013 on the invitation of All Nepal Women’s Association to acknowledge the women’s struggle, to enhance the solidarity and strengthened the regional and in country movement for women’s equal political participation and representation in the south Asian countries have collectively agreed that engendering politics and governance is an urgent needs for peace, prosperity and to end human poverty in south Asian region.

Realising the marginalisation and structural exclusion of women’s from governance and political participation has reinforced the feminisation of poverty;

Confirming the discrimination and violence against women are further hindering women’s accession and influence in politics and governance;

Reaffirming the exclusion of women from politics and governance is violation of fundamental human rights and breaches the spirit of universal declaration of human rights;

Recognising the women’s meaningful engagement in politics and governance can contribute for reducing gaps in society and promotion of peace and dignity for all;

Reconfirming Women’s participation in politics and governance is not an endowment rather entitlement of women and compensation for historical and structural exclusion of women;

Recalling the 14 points declaration made by South Asian Women’s Conference in 2009 for breaking barriers and claiming women’s space in south Asia

Call for political parties, governments and civil society organisations including mass media for taking adequate steps with sincere commitment and practical realisation for equal representation and participation of women in politics and governance;

The conference appeal for following actions to engender politics and governance in south Asia:

We thank the Rt. Honourable President of federal democratic republic of Nepal Dr. Ram Baran Yadav for availing his precious time and encouragement provided to the participants of the conference. We also thank the Rt. Honourable vice president of federal democratic republic of Nepal, Paramananda Jha for his encouraging speech and being with us during inauguration of this conference.

Celebrate women power for peace, justice and dignity!