Nepal Must Go Beyond ‘Raising Awareness’ to Tackle Root Causes of Gender Inequality

Nepal Must Go Beyond ‘Raising Awareness’ to Tackle Root Causes of Gender Inequality
Activists protest to ensure women's rights in a new draft constitution, Katmandu, Nepal, Sept. 16, 2010 (AP photo by Binod Joshi).

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the status of women’s rights and gender equality in various countries around the globe.

A recent report by Human Rights Watch called out the government of Nepal for not doing enough to stop child marriage. Currently 37 percent of girls marry before age 18, and while the government has pledged to end child marriage, few concrete steps have been taken to achieve this goal. In an email interview, Claire Naylor, the co-founder and executive director of Women LEAD, discusses women’s right in Nepal.

WPR: What is the current status of women’s rights and gender equality in Nepal?

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