Strengthening female representation

by Michael Callen, Rohini Pande, Binod Paudel, and Satish Wasti
March 11, 2022

Sadhana Devi Pradhan made history as Nepal’s first democratically-elected local representative in 1953, two years after the end of the Rana dynasty. Since then, Nepali women have only seen very modest gains in Nepali politics. In 1992, only one in 200 elected representatives were women. More significant gains came in 1997 when women won 21 percent of local seats. In 2017, in Nepal’s first elections under the new federal constitution and largely due to reservation, women’s representation rose to almost 41 percent of local (municipal and ward level) representatives.

The upcoming 2022 local elections provide a vital opportunity to build on these gains.

Read more on the Kathmandu Post website.