Nepal’s women activist Bandana Rana elected for UN CEDAW Committee member for four years. Her Tenure will begin from January 2017. She secured the highest number of votes among contestant.
According to Nepal’s permanent Representatives in New York, Bandana contested as official candidate of Nepal and Nepal even lobbied for her position in UN. Rana is the first Nepalese woman to secure highest position in UN body.
This is another major success of Nepal following the elections of vice president of UN General Assembly in the UN as Nepal has not been able to secure any top elected position.
Although women activist Sapana Malla Pradhan contested the elections few years ago, she was defeated in the elections. Rana’s victory is regarded as recognition for Nepal’s progress in women rights.
“The joy of success! feeling so blessed to have traversed this journey with some most dedicated people. Met amazingly passionate individuals and diplomats - who encouraged and empowered me no matter how formidable the odds. I thank my Government Nepal for its confidence in me. Honored to be the first Nepali candidate to serve in the UN CEDAW Committee!,” writes Bandana in her Face Book wall.