Nepali women had much to be proud of as 172 of them were seated in the country’s newest Constituent Assembly on Jan. 22. They filled almost 30 percent of the 575 seats that were contested during parliamentary elections last fall, despite an earlier decision by a group of party elders to reduce the size of the assembly to 495 seats. A smaller assembly would have decreased the quota for women by 66 seats to 22 percent.
The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.
More than 80 percent of the world’s people with disabilities live in developing and post-conflict countries, where they often have no access to many aspects of public life, including physical access to public spaces. The voices of people with disabilities, often the poorest of the poor, are frequently overlooked in political decision making.
Press release announcing a Dutch embassy-funded skills-building workshop for first-time domestic monitors ahead of Nov. 23 legislative and municipal elections. Workshop sessions focused on: fundamental principles of free, fair and transparent elections; the role of domestic observers in the electoral process; election-day procedures and reporting; and, recruiting and deploying observers.