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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

Women in Construction

Monday, March 18, 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

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

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

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

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 Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the first day of the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Events were organized by the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) Nepal and the International Development Partners’ Group, in collaboration with the seven Provincial... More

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

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 (CSOs) ... More

Women rise to political leadership in Nepal with help from a UN Women project

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Eighteen years ago, her husband was killed in the cross-fire between Government forces and insurgents. Suddenly, Ek Maya was left alone to take care of their two daughters, in the agricultural community of Khajura in Banke district in mid-west Nepal. Not only did she have to struggle to make ends meet, but she also had to endure gender- and caste-based discrimination as a single woman... More

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. The meeting... More

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