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Nepal parliament adopts resolution on women's rights

[JURIST] The parliament of Nepal [JURIST news archive] has unanimously adopted a resolution that would guarantee citizenship papers to children in their mother's name only, even if the father is away or divorced, and require more-proportionate representation of women in the state work force. The resolution, passed Tuesday, is not yet law, but women's rights groups nonetheless hailed its passage.

The measure follows other recent advances for Nepalese women's rights [DAIC backgrounder]. The Supreme Court of Nepal [official website] earlier this year struck down a law [JURIST report] that allowed men to divorce infertile women and last year forbade [BBC report] discrimination against menstruating women. BBC News has more. From Kathmandu, Gorkhapatra Sansthan has local coverage.

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