As Nepal goes to the polls, a push to increase women’s representation
With few female candidates and poorly financed campaigns, observers wait and watch to see if quotas will be enough to maintain the 33 per cent of women’s representation achieved in Nepal’s previous Constituent Assembly.
Cross-posted from UN Women
After a year and a half of political impasse and repeated delays, on 19 November, Nepal goes to the polls to elect new representatives to draft a constitution. The long-awaited elections are a landmark for Nepal’s democracy.
The former Hindu kingdom emerged from 10 years of armed conflict in 2006 and established itself as a Federal Democratic Republic. However writing a constitution has proved challenging and the first Constituent Assembly, elected in 2008, was disbanded after four years when it became clear that it would not succeed in doing so.