Advocacy

We strive to create a
non-discriminatory and equitable society


Our goal is to create a just society where single women are respected and sufficient legal provisions are prepared to protect single women’s political, social, cultural and economic rights.

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Why the term single women ?

WHR has issued a national declaration to use the term ‘single women’ instead of widow. The word widow, “Bidhwa” in Nepali, carries negativity and disdainful societal views, which leaves many single women feeling humiliated and distressed.

The government of Nepal in 2066/67 B.S Budget announced that a couple that would get a single woman (widow) married would receive NRs. 50,000, with the aim of encouraging the remarriage of single women. This policy has violated the fundamental right of widows to live life with dignity. WHR, being a pioneer organization working for the socio-cultural, economic, legal and political rights of widows in Nepal, organized a campaign and demonstration program against the government's policy. As a result, this discriminatory policy was not implemented. The Supreme Court then decided to show the cause and put stay order the writ that was filed.

There are different international as well as national Declarations, Resolutions and Instruments regarding women in general but there are few addressing single women in international level commissions, conventions, declarations and resolutions such as CEDAW, MDGs, UNSCR 1325 and 1820, SDGS. Women in Nepal have a negligible representation in state mechanisms and other decision making positions. In Nepal, equal and inclusive representation is a major agenda for the women's movement. In political parties, very few women are in decision making positions or in the Central Committee. After the People's Movement of 2006, the Parliament adopted the figure of 33% for women's representation as well for the first Constituent Assembly (CA). Altogether there were 197 female CA members (51 single women) representing different political parties. They were elected either directly or through proportionate representation. In the local level election, 123 single women were elected. Despite of all these efforts and achievements of WHR, single women are still vulnerable in different aspects of their lives.