Women’s work not properly evaluated: Minister Thapa
17 Sep, 2019
By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, Sept. 17: National consultation on "Women's Work, Opportunities and Creating Enabling Environment for Decent Work" concluded here on Tuesday. National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRD) in the support of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) hosted the programme with the aim of changing the perception towards works done by women. The one-day consultation also aimed at creating enabling environment and opportunities to establish women's work as decent work. Addressing the event, Tham Maya Thapa, Minister for Women Children and Social Welfare, said the work done by women in the Nepali society was not properly evaluated, recognised and quantified. She further said that there was a need to properly value and make women's work visible in data. Chairperson of National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWRHD) Dr. Renu Adhikari said the government had adopted a socialist economic model and was committed to abiding by Sustainable Development Goals. Each and every work, including all care work performed by women have economic values, these activities are considered work because theoretically one should pay a third person if they are asked to perform them, she added. “Therefore, all works done by women should be recognised and valued and this should fall under the definition of decent work. Patriarchal mindset has created different structures where women’s work gets restricted and devalued,” she said. Since we have local to national level policy makers in this consultation, we aim to have two-way communication and consultation to make way forward for national advocacy to create an enabling environment to recognise women's work.