Applaud Country For Electing Their First Female President

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Target: 2nd Nepalese Constituent Assembly Chairman Subash C. Nemwang

Goal: Praise the election of Nepal’s first female president who is an experienced women’s rights supporter.

Nepal’s parliament has elected a longtime women’s rights supporter and anti-authoritarian politician as president. Bidhya Devi Bhandari is the country’s first female president and vows to continue to advocate for female presence in Nepal’s political arena. Commend Nepal’s parliament for electing a woman, thus marking a victory in the country’s battle against gender inequality.

Traditionally, Nepalese women were designated roles in the home as well as on farms, but the country is quickly moving away from their previously authoritarian and male-dominated society and government. In recent years, the monarchy which had been in place for centuries was abolished, and in 2008 the first president was elected. Bhandari is Nepal’s second president and first female president. While the role is mostly ceremonial, she nonetheless represents a new standard for equality in Nepal.

In the past, Bhandari assisted in drafting a new constitution which states that one-third of Nepal’s lawmakers and either the president or vice president must be female. She also had campaigned for equal rights for women and led demonstrations against the monarchy.

This election serves as a massive success for Nepal’s fight to better incorporate women into society. Additionally, it is setting an example for other countries that currently remain under authoritarian and/or male-dominated rule. Sign below to commend the Nepalese parliament for electing Bhandari as the new president.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chairman Nemwang,

I am writing this to commend you on your recent presidential election. As an equal rights supporter and an advocate for gender equality in government, I am elated to learn that Bidhya Devi Bhandari is the new president of Nepal. She has spent years fighting to include more women within the Nepalese government, which I find commendable. She also lead demonstrations against King Gyanendra and his monarchy in an effort to shift Nepal away from authoritarian rule.

This is a big step in the fight for equal rights for women not only in Nepal, but throughout the world. There are still many countries that are under dictatorships or authoritarian rule. These countries are primarily male-dominated and do not leave much room for women to be a part of society. I believe that your recent election may serve as an example to other countries who are fighting for equal rights.

Thank you for your country’s progressive steps. I commend the choice to elect Bidhya Devi Bhandari as Nepal’s new president.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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