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Nepal has set itself the goal to graduate from least developed country status by 2022. Cited as one of the ‘fastest movers’ by the Human Development Report, the country has made significant progress towards achieving its development goals. The focus on broad-based economic growth and poverty alleviation has produced encouraging results, with the percentage of the population living below the poverty line falling from 42 in 1996 to 25.4 in 2011. Despite the difficult post-conflict transitional context, the country is expected to achieve six out of its eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015, and is likely to achieve targets for poverty and hunger, universal primary education, child mortality, maternal health and gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Women’s representation in the Constituent Assembly dramatically increased to 29 per cent in the November 2013 elections from 2.9 per cent in 1991 (in the then parliament). Additionally, Nepal has demonstrated active leadership in development issues globally, playing a formative role in the development and adoption of the Istanbul Programme of Action in 2011... Read more

   

News and Updates

UN Women Nepal Deputy Representative, Gitanjali Singh. Photo: UN Women/Anders Magnusson

Inclusive Democracy: Women in Politics

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The full participation of women in political life is not only a guarantee of their human rights, but an essential requirement to reach peaceful and prosperous societies . Gender equality does not merely strengthen democracy. Without gender equality, there is no real democracy. Michelle Bachelet, the former President of Chile and the current UN High Commissioner... more

Chandni Joshi, Chair of the National Consultation on the Shadow Report for the Nepal’s Sixth Periodic Report to the CEDAW Committee, addressed the event along with Hon. Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens, Tham Maya Thapa, and CEDAW Committee member Bandana Rana. Photo: UN Women/Gitanjali Singh

Civil Society Organizations in Nepal voice concerns in CEDAW Shadow Report

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Half of all political party representatives should be women; child marriage laws need to be implemented; and discriminatory sections of Nepal’s new Civil Code must be amended. These were just a few of the recommendations stemming from civil society consultations held in seven provinces across Nepal, which culminated in a national event in Kathmandu on 20 September. They will feed into a Shadow Report by Nepal’s Civil Society Organisations... more

Honorable Minister for Women Children and Senior Citizen, Excellency Tham Maya Thapa meets UN Women Nepal Representative Wenny Kusuma. Photo: UN Women Nepal

Advancing the partnership for gender equality and women’s rights in Nepal with the Ministry of Women Children and Senior Citizen

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

As Nepal prepares to embark on a journey for sustained development after the successful completion of the country’s historic elections, two prominent advocates for gender equality and women’s empowerment meet to discuss the way forward for women and girls in Nepal... more

Breaking the Silence: Ending Impunity

Monday, April 2, 2018

The experiences of women, especially those who suffered sexual violence, have not been fully acknowledged as part of the history of Nepal's armed conflict from 1996 to 2006. Too often women survivors and victims are silenced, disbelieved, or punished when they do come forward to share their accounts. In support of the women survivors and victims who faced and endured these experiences, this event was organized to share the gross violations of their rights... more

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Lumbini lighted up to mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Friday, January 12, 2018

Lumbini was oranged to mark the beginning of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence to challenge violence against women and girls. Mayadevi Temple, the birthplace of Sakyamuni Buddha was lighted up into fully orange. The event jointly organized at Mayadevi by Lumbini Development Trust (LDT), UN Resident Coordinators Office (UNRCO), UN Population Fund (UNPF), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and UN Women was attended by large number of participants including tourists... more

Women migrant workers still working under unclear, unfair contracts, study finds, despite availability of best-practice templates

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of women migrant workers are labouring under contracts they don't understand, in languages they cannot read, or that provide inadequate protection of their rights, a study has found. This problem persists despite the available of templates such as the Standards Terms of Employment (STOE) . The findings were discussed at a stakeholder consultation in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 20 and 21 of December... more

OP-ED: Ending chhaupadi system: Comprehensive approach required

21 August 2017

The laws a society passes speak of the values the society wishes to embrace. Nepal, through its laws and policies, shows clear aspiration to be a country governed with respect for human rights, equality and dignity for all. The recent deaths of several young women, banished to cow sheds during their menstruation and exposed to the elements and to snakebites... more

From where I stand: “We must be at the table making decisions”

14 June 2017

For Pratima Gurung from Nepal, empowering indigenous women with disabilities starts with making them count as active participants and decision-makers, not just observers of decisions. She points to the need to strengthen their voices in disability fora, as well as indigenous peoples’ fora. I became disabled at seven, when I lost my hand in a truck accident. Suddenly, everything changed. People had different perceptions about my... more

Kanchhi Maya Tamang summits MT Everest for gender equality in sports and empowerment of women migrant workers

24 May 2017

"My win is a win for all women and girls. And my mission is to contribute to a discrimination-free Nepal where all girls and women have freedom and an enabling environment to realize their full human potential," Kanchhi Maya radioed from Mount Everest Base camp. Shortly before she summited Everest, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka announced in a tweet message," Thank you, Kanchhi Maya, for taking UN Women on your quest to Mt. Everest! You're an inspiration to Nepal and the... more

The United Nations and the Blue Diamond Society in Nepal, jointly celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and the International Family Equality Day

22 May 2017

Focusing on the role of families for the well-being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) people, and countering the reclaiming of 'family values' by conservatives, the United Nations in Nepal, in collaboration with the Blue Diamond Society, observed the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and the International Family Equality Day, by raising the Rainbow... more