The post of Women Development Officer was abolished under the 2015 federal Constitution, and the personnel were inducted into ministries, commissions and municipalities.
However, there has been concern over the government’s failure to institutionalise the achievements made through these offices.
Nepal began to appoint all-female teams to banking and law enforcement sectors in 2018 after the Attorney General’s Office set up a model office in each province.
Mona Singh led one such team at the Lalitpur Attorney General’s Office . Sushila Gyawali, who now heads the office that Singh headed, says women-led teams made it easier for issues of women and children to be resolved.
Says Gyawali: “When women survivors of abuse encounter other women in a government office, they find it much easier to speak about what they have been through and find justice.”
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Translated by Shristi Karki from the Nepali original published in himalkhabar.com