Eight women from WAWCAS were candidates at the Local Election on May 14th
Two of them were elected!
Nirmala Chiluwal has been a member of WAWCAS since April 2013. She is a candidate of the Congress Party and competing with her friend Kamala Chiluwal from the same group, but she is from another political party. Her business is goat farming.
Nepal held its first local election in 20 years on May 14th. A minister said that it is an important milestone in the long and difficult transition to democracy, which the government hopes will culminate in a general election.
Gianu Nepali and Nirmali Chiluwal got elected.
On behalf of the WAWCAS-team we wish the women all the best of luck and tonnes of congratulations to take this step. We are looking forward to follow them.
The local election is a significant step toward implementation of the new constitution that aims at mandating a restructured nation state reflecting for the first time in Nepal’s history a federal, secular republic with a plural political order and inclusive social character. If successfully concluded, the elections will engender confidence and ownership of the constitution in the general public and rebuild trust in the country’s choice of system of political representation.
It is fantastic to see these women as candidates for political parties. They have changed so much since they started in WAWCAS, and now they feel ready to be a candidate and to involve in political work. It shows huge empowerment that reaches much further than into their own life.
They are ready to take responsibility and the time to work, for the rights and conditions for people in general in the local society.
The women will, for the coming five years, be involved in local planning, budgets, women’s rights, development etc. What a journey they have been, and are, on. And from WAWCAS we are so happy to see how the training, we offer the women, can support such a big change.