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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

   

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UN Women together with Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC) organised the Beijing+25 review CSO national consultation in Kathmandu. Photo: UN Women/Anam Abbas

Beijing +25 CSO National Reviews to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

[Remarks] As highlighted by Shanthaji, the Beijing +25 commemoration, and the Generation Equality Forum to be organised by UN Women in 2020, will be a diverse and intergenerational convening. To build for the future, we must bring together the young generations of women’s rights and gender equality activists with the visionaries who crafted the Beijing Platform for Action. It is only if we bring women of all ages and from different social, economic and geographic backgrounds, with their different experiences and skills, together that we can reach our goals.

Young and old generations participate in UN Women-supported Intergenerational Dialogue in Chitwan district of Nepal. Photo: UN Women

Cross-generational forum in Nepal explores new solutions to gender-based violence and discrimination

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Kali Gurung’s husband was killed in crossfire between the rebels and government forces decades ago. But her struggles did not end with the conflict, and she explained how conflict-affected women like her had difficulty moving on even after the peace was restored in the country following the 1996-2006 conflict with the Maoist rebels. “Women of my generation have suffered violence not just during the armed conflict. I hope by sharing my experiences today can provide lessons to the new generation of women so that they will not have to suffer like us.”

Participants of the 13 August dialogue in Kathmandu discuss efforts at greater inclusion. Photo: Courtesy of Mitini Nepal

Nepal takes steps to include LGBTIQ persons in 2021 population census

Thursday, October 31, 2019

UN Women is supporting dialogue between the Government and LGBTIQ groups to ensure that Nepal’s LGBTIQ people are properly counted in the 2021 population census. The last census, in 2011, tallied only 1,500 people identifying as LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and queer/questioning). That was because the census lacked specific questions or a method to collect this data, and the nature of the census made many people afraid to come out.

Ayshanie Medagangoda-Labé, Resident Representative of UNDP and Gitanjali Singh, Officer in Charge (OiC), UN Women Nepal signed an inter-agency agreement to collaborate on advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nepal, in presence of Valerie Julliand, UN Resident Coordinator in Nepal. Photo: UNRCO/Simrika Sharma

UN Women and UNDP deepen cooperation over women’s rights in Nepal

Friday, October 11, 2019

Two UN agencies have deepened their cooperation to boost gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nepal. The inter-agency collaboration will see UN Women and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) work together to promote reform and fight discrimination against women at all levels.

Shanta Lakshmi Shrestha, Chairperson of the Beyond Beijing Committee in Nepal. Photo: UN Women/Anam Abbas

Take five: “Nepal has made great progress on the implementation of the Beijing Platform of Action but much more needs to be done”

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Shanta Lakshmi Shrestha chairs the Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC), a coalition of women's rights and gender-justice organizations working to advance the status of women in Nepal. It was created after the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995. The Committee advocates and monitors the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) from the grassroots to the global level.

The two-day workshop concluded with a group photo of women entrepreneurs, civil society, experts, partners, and government officials. Photo: UNESCAP

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Representative, Gitanjali Singh at the National Inception Workshop on E-commerce Capacity Building for Women-led MSMEs in South Asia, Kathmandu

Friday, September 20, 2019

Women’s equal access to E-commerce is not only a door of opportunity for women’s economic empowerment, but also research has shown that money in the hands of women is spent on health, education—the family—benefiting the community and economy. It gives women flexibility and enhances their decision-making power in homes. Digital financial solutions also have dramatic impacts on women’s economic and social well-being, especially when women are subject to various mobility restrictions due to gender discriminatory social norms. E-commerce is an accelerator for the achievement of the SDGs as highlighted by previous speakers.

Regional Communications Specialist Montira Narkvichien conducts a session on taking photographs for gender-responsive communications. Photo: UN Women Nepal

UN Women-led training boosts gender communications across agencies in Nepal

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A cross-agency training on gender in communications brought together UN staff from 13 agencies in Nepal last month. The two-day session provided the 25 participants with a range of tools and skills to develop gender-responsive communication materials in their respective lines of work. “There is a need for devising coherent communications plans and strategies that position the United Nations as the torchbearer of incorporating gender in communications,” said Valerie Julliand, UN Resident Coordinator.

Pertti Anttinen is the ambassador of Finland to Nepal, and from July to December 2019 is the designated EU Gender Champion. In December the Government of Finland agreed to continue supporting the implementation of UN Women Nepal’s Country Strategic Note (CSN) for 2018-2022. Photo: UN Women/

Take five: “Changing social norms cannot begin without the meaningful participation of women and girls in all forums pertaining to all aspects of their lives”

Monday, September 16, 2019

Pertti Anttinen is the ambassador of Finland to Nepal, and from July to December 2019 is the designated EU Gender Champion. In December the Government of Finland agreed to continue supporting the implementation of UN Women Nepal’s Country Strategic Note (CSN) for 2018-2022.

Ishani Shrestha. Photo: UN Women/Hansol Park

From where I stand: “If Nepali women are allowed the freedom to pursue what they need and what they want, they will be able to flourish in their lives and eventually uplift their communities.”

Monday, September 9, 2019

Ishani Shrestha, 28, is a social activist and entrepreneur in Nepal. After she was crowned Miss World-Nepal 2013, she founded Project Smile to improve women’s health and children’s education and to end gender discrimination. As a feminist and a Nepali woman, I see the uncountable challenges girls and women face in our country. Some of the major challenges that I want to help ease are the lack of awareness of human rights, the lack of education and access to health care, and the social stereotypes that restrict women from becoming who they want to be.