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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

Bhagwati Bhattarai-Baral holds the winning trophy. Photo: CAB Nepal

From where I stand: “We won the First International Women’s Blind Cricket Series”

Thursday, April 25, 2019

“I have been playing cricket since 2007, after receiving a one-week training at my school. I was in eighth grade then and the training was open to everyone in my class. We started playing amongst friends, sometimes even skipping classes to play cricket. Back then, our families weren’t supportive. No one believed that we would make it very far. Our society did not have confidence in blind players like us. We faced many challenges to continue our passion for cricket... more

Photo: UN Women/Sadi Pokharel

Memorandum of Understanding signed by UN Women Nepal and Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

UN Women and the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens (MoWCSC) of the Government of Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to take forward their partnership in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nepal. The five-year agreement was signed by Wenny Kusuma, Representative of UN Women Nepal and Rudra Devi Sharma, Joint Secretary of MoWCSC, in the presence of Honorable Minister Tham Maya Thapa and Acting Secretary Bir Bahadur... more

Padma Chaudhary prepares to start her day after taking her e-rickshaw out from a rented shed in Dhangadhi bazaar, where she parks it at night before returning home to Phulwari. Photo: UN Women/Merit Maharjan

Taking the wheels of her destiny on the roads of western Nepal

Monday, March 25, 2019

Padma Chaudhary, a 38-year-old mother of two, leaves early in the morning from her home in the village of Phulwari to her e-rickshaw stall almost 20 km away, in Dhangadhi bazaar. Decked in a smart, long red coat that matches her bright red chariot on wheels, she marvels at how much her life has changed in the months since she acquired the vehicle, which has allowed her to work independently. An e-rickshaw, short for electric rickshaw, is a battery-operated... more

Photo: UNPOPS/Upesh Shakya

Women in Construction

Friday, March 15, 2019

The achievement of the SDGs, and particularly gender equality and women’s empowerment, requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches, and new solutions. Based on current projections, the existing interventions will not be enough to ensure an end to discrimination and achievement of gender equality by 2030. If we want to achieve sustainable development, fifty percent of the population cannot remain on the margins. We need to level the playing field. Women must be integrated into the formal workforce... more

Sulochana Timalsina is the go-to person in her community. Women come to her for beauty treatments like eyebrow threading or hairdressing, as well as for advice on self-growth and empowerment. Photo: UN Women/Merit Maharjan

Grooming her business: a beautician-turned entrepreneur’s story from Nepal

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

In the historical town of Banepa, 35-year-old Sulochana Timalsina runs a little shop, half of which is a grocery store and the other half a beauty parlour. The two units share one space to serve different purposes for her patrons, but one single purpose for this young entrepreneur – empowerment. “Five years down the line, I hope to turn this place into a full-fledged beauty parlour. With houses mushrooming in this area, I am positive that my business... more

Anisha Luintel, Lead researcher at Women Forum for Women in Nepal (WOFOWON). Photo: UN Women/Pathumporn Thongking

Take five: “We would like to see something done about the women workers who are not currently recognized as formal labourers”

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Nepal’s hospitality and entertainment sector includes dance restaurants, singing or “duet” restaurants, open restaurants, and the smaller snack bars known as cabin restaurants, as well as massage parlours. The workplaces in this sector are sometimes registered and sometimes not, but the women who work there are almost always unregistered. In researching women who work in the small bars and massage parlours... more

Photo: UN Women/Ashma Shrestha

Government of Finland provides 4 million EUROS (NPR 514 million) to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nepal through UN Women

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Government of Finland and UN Women have signed an agreement to collaborate and support the implementation of Government of Nepal’s national priorities and commitments on enhancing women’s economic empowerment and political participation and to advance our mission towards poverty eradication in Nepal. The agreement, worth 4 million Euros (approximately NPR 514 million), covering a period of four years (2018-2022)... more

The Provincial Assembly Building in Province 2 lights up in orange on 25 November to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence. The campaign started with interaction sessions with Provincial Assembly members followed by Oranging of Provincial Assembly buildings in all seven provinces of Nepal simultaneously. Photo: UNFPA/Santosh Chhetri

All seven Provincial Assemblies in Nepal go orange for the 16 Days of Activism

Monday, December 10, 2018

All seven Provincial Assembly buildings across the country were lit up in orange to commemorate the International Day for the Elimina... more

Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality