News Digest: Human Rights, Gender and Social Inclusion (September 23 to 29, 2021)

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Human Rights

The UN Food Systems Summit which took place on September 23, 2021, addressed a pertinent issue on the value of food and how food as an essential need- is being unfulfilled in so many countries resulting in starvation of millions of people. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that “food should be viewed as a human right that every person shares and not as a commodity to be trade”.

The drafting process of the labour agreement between Nepal and Oman has come to the final stage. The agreement is an initiative to make foreign employment safe and dignified for Nepali migrant workers. The agreement covers the rights and security concerns of the Nepali migrant workers.

Nepal Police has urged home owners to gather information on their renters, including their names, permanent addresses, and pictures. Human rights advocates and civil society members, on the other hand, have criticized the decision, claiming that it violates people’s right to privacy.

Social Inclusion

Sunita Baral, nominated as a Chairperson of the All Nepal National Free Students’ Union- a sister wing of the CPN-UML, from vice-chair.

CPN-UML Chairperson KP Oli has announced that thirty-three percent women participation will be mandatory in the party’s central committee from the upcoming General Convention, which is scheduled next month.

Nepali Congress has elected new leadership in 62 municipalities of eight districts of Karnali province. Sita KC appointed as Chairperson in Chhatreswari village municipality of Salyan District. Out of the 62 municipalities completed so far, women leadership is in only one municipality.

The Language Commission on September 6, 2021, recommended eleven different languages to be used as official languages apart from the Nepali that is currently being used in the seven provinces. With the aid of local governments, the commission gathered information on the languages spoken in more than three hundred and forty wards, and the languages spoken by the greatest number of people might be adopted as an official language after being taught in schools and eventually being used for official reasons.

After the government provided seventy-five percent scholarships in public educational institutions, scholarships in medical education have increased by four times, resulting in two thousand opportunities in one year.

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