UN agency to boost women empowerment in Nepal

Kathmandu: UN Women Nepal, the world body`s key agency for boosting gender equality and women empowerment in the country, aims to step up efforts to eliminate discrimination against females here.

UN Women Nepal, with the strength of two dozen staff, will be headed by a country director to be appointed by the world body.

The UN Women Nepal will seek greater collaboration with partners to further strengthen the work on gender equality and women?s empowerment, said Sangita Thapa, the Programme Coordinator of United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

The UN Women will among other issues, work for the elimination and discrimination against women and girls, empowerment of women, achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security, she said at a press meet organized to bid farewell to UNIFEM.

UN Women, which was created by General Assembly in July to accelerate progress in meeting the needs of women worldwide, will be operational from January 1 that would coordinate all activities related to promoting women’s rights and welfare by the world body.

UNIFEM has now ceased to exist as the new body has become operational.

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