The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has hailed a decision by Nepal’s reinstated House of Representatives to grant citizenship rights to children born to Nepali mothers as “a milestone in the advancement of women’s civil and political rights.”Previously only fathers could pass on citizenship. The House also called for 33 per cent of civil service jobs to be reserved for women, and asked the Government to review all laws that discriminate against women and girls. “These are key steps towards empowering women and alleviating poverty,” UNFPA country representative Junko Sazaki said. “Gender equality is essential for Nepal to achieve sustainable development. Every women and girl should be treated with dignity and respect.” UNFPA has been working in Nepal since 1970 in support of sexual and reproductive health and women’s rights.