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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

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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

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

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

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Threading her way to independence: a Jeweller’s story

After Ranjita returned from Jordan, she did not have source of income and was worried about her future. Today, she makes money by making beaded jewelry and also teaches bead-threading skills to her friends. Full screen

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