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Why are there not enough women in leadership positions in Nepal? What is holding us back?

Chhaya Sharma
Member of Parliament

For women to be in leadership position, firstly women need to gear up and build self confidence along with risk taking capacity. These two attributes are applicable in any leadership position be it politics, business, bureaucracy, service.

When we say why are there not enough women in leadership positions in Nepal, I would like to say we are definitely fairing much better than we were 10-15 years ago. The highest three State structures all have women in the leading role as President, Speaker of the House, and the Chief Justice. This is definitely a matter of pride for all Nepali women. It’s just that our expectations have not been as per our satisfaction. However, yes I do agree that we do not have enough women in leadership positions due to various factors. For women to be in leadership position, firstly women need to gear up and build self confidence along with risk taking capacity. These two attributes are applicable in any leadership position be it politics, business, bureaucracy, service. Other factors responsible are patriarchy which is so strongly embedded in our culture. I believe this is the main barrier for women’s leadership even when we are in the 21st century. Lack of adequate property and support systems, are other factors which act as significant barriers women face in entering the men’s world of business and corporate society. And lastly women continue to have the responsibility of household and care work which impedes their opportunities in education, career development, politics etc. However a historic milestone has been reached with parliamentary resolution with mandatory 33 percent representation of women in all the state structures and political parties forecasting a brighter future for women’s leadership in Nepal.