Substantive Equality: Non-negotiable
The Report analyses the progress and gaps in the implementation of the gender equality agenda in Nepal, establishing an evidence-based, updated record of the situation of women in Nepal covering a 20-year period between 1995 and 2015. Focusing on examining three particular areas – violence against women and women’s human rights, resources and capabilities, and voice, agency and leadership – the report shows that there has been some notable progress towards gender equality and the empowerment of women over the period covered by the report. Nepal’s constitutional and legislative frameworks have become more gender friendly. Affirmative action laws and policies have improved women’s voice and agency in politics and governance. Gender has received increased attention in government development programmes, plans, policies and budgets. Women and girls have improved access to education, reflected in educational and professional outcomes. There has been significant decrease in maternal and child mortality rates. Some improvements have also been evident in women’s access to economic resources, including land and house ownership.