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What does women’s political empowerment mean to you, in the Nepali context?

Do you think international donors in Nepal like UN Women, USAID, DFID, and UNDP have a similar view of women’s political empowerment? How would you characterize their view?

How would you describe current donor support for women’s political empowerment in Nepal at the macro-level?

Can you please describe your experience as a female politician in the Constituent Assembly and government ministries?

What types of international support for women’s political empowerment are you aware of? Have you participated in any programs with this aim?

What is your view of donor programs that seek to reinforce the capacity of women politicians at the national level?

Can you speak to your experience within Nepalese political parties? 

Generally, women seem to be underrepresented in the central committees of parties. What do you think is the best avenue to change this?

Is there a role for donors to support women’s political empowerment within parties in Nepal?

Do you think legal changes, such as the national and local-level gender quota, have triggered changes in social norms with respect to women’s political participation? 

What types of interventions do you think are most effective at ensuring that legal changes result in measurable progress in women’s political empowerment?

What types of interventions would you recommend to donors interested in going beyond formal institutional reform?

Which women do you think have benefited the most from gender quotas in the Nepali context, and who has benefited less?

How would you describe the women’s organizations that donors like USAID, DFID, Norway, and UN Women are most likely to work with? What do you think is the impact on women’s political empowerment?

What donors do you think we should be focusing on going forward?

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