Arzu Rana Deuba

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Arzu Rana Deuba
आरजु राणा देउवा
Dr Arzu Rana Deuba2.jpg
Assumed office
Personal details
Born 26 January 1962
Lalitpur .
Nationality Nepali
Political party Nepali Congress
Spouse(s) Sher Bahadur Deuba
Alma mater Panjab University, Chandigarh

Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba (born 26 January 1962) [1] is a Member of Parliament of Nepal and a well-known gender activist and social worker. She is a member of Nepalese Constituent Assembly from Nepali Congress.

Apart from politics, she is actively involved in running numerous social organizations and has a special interest in the empowerment of women in Nepal.


Dr. Deuba graduated from St. Bedes College, Himachal Pradesh University. She obtained her master's degree from Punjab University. She also obtained her Ph.D in organizational Psychology in 1990 from Punjab University India.[2]

Political career[edit]

Dr. Deuba is a Member of Parliament of Nepal. She is serving her second term in this position. She was a member of the Constitution Drafting Committee. She also serves as the Chair of the Women Parliamentarians Coordination Committee and as a member in the Parliamentary Committee on State Governance.

Social works[edit]

Dr Deuba has established a number of women and children issues related non-government organizations (NGOs) in Nepal, which include- Saathi (1992) which works on elimination of violence against women; The Rural Women’s Development and Unity Centre (1995) which works in areas with the lowest human development indicators; The Safe Motherhood Network Federation (1996) which works in the area of reproductive health and rights; and Samanata – Institute for Social & Gender Equality (1997) which is a research based organization. [3]

Dr. Deuba was elected as regional councillor of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) during its fourth world congress held in Barcelona, Spain on October 2008. Dr. Deuba is the first candidate to be elected from Nepal in IUCN's highest decision-making body.[1] She served for two terms as an elected regional councilor for South & East Asia for IUCN (2008 – 2016). She currently serves on the board of IPAS, USA (2014 ongoing) and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Education on Peace and Sustainable Development, which is a UNESCO Type I institution based in New Delhi, India (2014 ongoing). She is also associated with the White Ribbon Alliance for safe motherhood. Dr. Deuba was a panelist on discussion on preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council (Geneva 2017).[4]

Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba and Sher Bahadur Deuba

Family life[edit]

She is married to prime Minister and leader of Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba and has a son, Jaiveer Singh Deuba.


  1. ^ a b Profile of Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba Archived October 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Arzu Deuba elected IUCN councillor Archived November 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Women leaders.
  4. ^ "Why are women still marching". The Graduate Institute Geneva. Retrieved 16 May 2017.