By : Kalpana Giri, PhD

Abstract :Gender reform is one of the recurring agenda in the present policy context of Nepal where Nepal aims to consolidate its preparedness to end discrimination between men and women in Nepalese societies, among others. This holds urgent importance in Nepal, where women despite constituting for about 50% of its total population, still face rampant and recurring discrimination. Previous attempts of gender reforms have while spurred noteworthy policy and structural changes, and yet everyday practice and power relations between men and women remain largely unchanged and discriminatory (to women). Drawing upon experience of gender reforms in three cases- community forestry, land rights and abortion rights, this paper analyzes the discursive framework thatinforms the gender reform policies and practices with subsequent effects to abating gender discrimination in Nepal.

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