Turning symbolism into equality


The laws are addressing women’s rights but when will their lives start to improve?

MALLIKA ARYAL

Source: Nepali Times


NARESH NEWAR

In 2002, Nepal’s parliament passed a bill to allow women to inherit property at birth. The same year, a new law decriminalising abortion came into effect. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court scrapped the law that allowed men to seek divorce if their partner was infertile.

Then on Tuesday the parliament unanimously passed a proposal that says Nepalis can be citizens based on a mother’s citizenship.

Great victories all, but activists say there are still lots of other discriminatory laws and the real test will be in implementation of the ones that have been passed.

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