Citizenship in Nepal has been described as a ‘ticket to life’ as it is vital to access governmental services, such as education and healthcare and to register a person’s existence.

Nepali women can currently only receive citizenship through their male guardians (husband or father) and are unable to register themselves.

This disparity in power relations can often be abused, particularly if the woman’s father is dead and she is entirely reliant on her husband’s good will. Without citizenship, women are not entitled to register their children at birth, prolonging the cycle of social exclusion, particularly for divorced or victimized women.