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UN Women Nepal

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 and NIC launched a booklet on women's entitlement in 4 languages

28 March 2017

UN Women Nepal and the National Information Commission jointly organised the second launch of the Women's entitlements booklet in four new languages: Tharu, Maithali, Doteli and Tamang. The booklets were officially launched by Honorable Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Ms. Sita Devi Yadav. The booklets made available in English and Nepali languages aim to harness the right to information enshrined in the constitution to further women's right and... more

Speech: Launch of “Women’s Entitlement” booklets in Tharu, Maithali, Doteli and Tamang

28 March 2017

On behalf of UN Women, I am very pleased to be at the second launch of the “Women’s entitlements” booklet on economic initiatives now in Tharu, Maithali, Doteli and Tamang languages. Previously this booklet was made available in Nepali and English with support of the Government Finland and Zonta International. UN Women is privileged to partner with... more

Speech: Launch of “A Common Framework for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion”

27 March 2017

On behalf of IDPG GESI Working Group Co-Chairs, USAID and UN Women, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your participation at today’s launch of the Common Framework for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion and the subsequent orientation workshop later in the day. I wish to extend a special thanks to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC)... more

The International Development Partner's Group(IDPG) jointly co-chaired by UN Women and USAID launches a common GESI framework

27 March 2017

With the promulgation of a new constitution that contains many positive provisions to advance gender equality and women's empowerment, as well as due to Nepal's national and international commitments, there has been a significant progress towards achieving gender equality and social inclusion in the country. However, many serious challenges remain and a coherent approach among development partners will ensure more coordinated support to the Government of Nepal. In... more

Global Report of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (HLPWEE) and its implications to Nepal

23 February 2017

Gender equality is a matter of human rights. Yet it remains the greatest human rights challenge of our time. Women’s economic empowerment can generate huge gains for human development, economic growth and business. Yet the pace of improvement in expanding women’s economic empowerment and closing gender gaps has been far too slow... more

Government and the UN mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Conflict in Violence

04 July 2016

Senior representatives from UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA and other different UN/development agencies in Nepal came together to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict today. The day is marked every year to raise awareness on the need to end conflict-related sexual violence around the world. Speaking at the programme, UNDP Nepal Country Director Renaud Meyer on behalf of UN Women Nepal Country Representative Ziad Sheikh... more