UN Women Nepal COVID-19 Response: Blazing Trails in the Humanitarian Development Continuum
UN Women Nepal had faced many disasters during the past five years. Although it went through a moment of shock and confusion over the enormity of the COVID-19 crisis, UN Women immediately jumped into action - scanned the situation, heeded all precautionary measures from the World Health Organization and the Government of Nepal, and, through joint UN missions, reached out to hear the experiences and analysis of the very people who were caught at the maelstrom of the crisis.
Backed by over five years of experience in leading the mainstreaming of gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) in all phases of disaster risk reduction, prevention and response, and in collaboration with government, civil society, United Nations (UN) agencies and development partners, UN Women put together its own COVID-19 Response Strategy for Nepal.
Braced for the long haul, UN Women approached the COVID-19 humanitarian crisis with a development perspective, glued to the twin focus of responding to the people’s immediate needs while pushing gender equality in the short and long-term responses to the pandemic.