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organised programmes. Gender activists should leave stone unturned to draw the best available experts on the issues they champion for, even if this means the latter are from outside the Kathmandu Valley or belong to other political parties. Related programmes should invite enough women for the seats on the dais instead of filling most of the seats with men. Daring to bare the names of individuals and institutions that prove stumbling blocks in taking initiatives would be welcomed. Activists need to work with the energy and thoroughness they merit, given the lofty manner government officials and party leaders offer lofty obeisance to gender issues in public but fail miserably when tranmslating the same into concrete action incprivate. boy under their attention does. The next query is about whether he has a house and his other property details. How many members are there in his family? House husband is a rarity in most countries and societies. So is the case in Nepal. In societies with a high degree of unemployment/ underemployment, regular salary earning women are very few. Their enormous contrubutions in completing the daunting domestic chores are, however, breathtaking. When will the publicity departments of political parties be headed by women? Many women journalists are attached to one party or the other. Whenever there are vacancies in National Women’s Commission, Press Council Nepal and the like, they can be seen courting political leaders of their parties to press for nomination.