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This Gender Equality Update 36 summarizes and expands on the Task Team’s findings concerning the unique challenges faced by the LGBTIQ+ community, Dalit women, home-based workers and disabled women in Nepal.
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This Gender Equality Update highlights the impact of COVID-19 on women and excluded groups, preparedness measures implemented by different bodies of the Government of Nepal, challenges faced while responding to the pandemic and recommendations to be considered for future planning.
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As Nepal grapples with a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lives of people in Nepal have been drastically impacted. The most severe consequences are being borne by women, as well as vulnerable and excluded groups. To respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis, UN Women Nepal Country Office (NCO) has developed a comprehensive relief package to support women from excluded groups in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Each monsoon season, Nepal becomes particularly vulnerable to floods and landslides caused by heavy rain. This year, experts are predicting that Nepal will receive even more rainfall than normal between June and September. The current wave of COVID-19 has already severely impacted vulnerable populations – and now a heavy monsoon season is likely to further exacerbate their condition. This GE Update focuses on the lessons learned from past years and key recommendations to prepare for monsoon season in light of COVID-19.
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Nepal’s devasta,ng second wave of COVID-19 has been par,cularly challenging for vulnerable groups. The Gender in Humanitarian Ac,on Task Team Mee,ng, which was held on 20th May 2021, focused on their immediate needs and challenges during this ,me. The mee,ng had representa,ves from the following communi,es and networks: LGBTIQ+, single women, returnee migrant women, home-based workers, sex workers, women with disabili,es, indigenous women, Dalit women, Madhesi women, Muslim women, and people working in humanitarian and Disaster Risk Reduc,on, among others.
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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.
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The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates power dynamics and makes communities more vulnerable to violence. To advocate for the protection of the vulnerable groups against the risks of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) in the current context, the Gender Equality Update 21 highlights emerging issues on PSEA raised by INGOs, NGOs and civil society organisations during the Gender in Humanitarian Action Task Team meeting on June 25, and provides resources for organisations wanting to strengthen their prevention and reporting mechanisms.
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An overview reference document covering emerging GESI issues in Nepal in context of COVID-19 responses and preparedness. The issues highlighted in the document are drawn from the inputs provided by the participants of Gender in Humanitarian Action Task Team (GiHA).
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Nepali Women speak about Covid-19—Hear their requests | We, the undersigned organizations committed to feminist principles and women’s human rights, call on the Government of Nepal to recall and act in accordance with human rights standards in their response to COVID-19 and uphold the principles of equality and non-discrimination, foregrounding the needs and interests of the most marginalized people—women, children, elderly, people with disabilities, rural women, LGBTIQ.
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With the wor ld responding to the COVID-19 virus, it is important to consider response and recovery mechanisms through a gender lens. While wom en, as caregivers, breadwinners and health care workers, play critical roles in times of crisis, many of the impacts of COVID-19 are affect ing women the most, exacerbating pre-existing social and economic inequalities, barriers and discrimination in their homes and communities.
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They were developed on the basis of the IASC Policy Statement on Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action (November 2017)1, and in light of lessons learned from the Ebola and Zika outbreaks and emerging gender impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to mobilize inter-agency support within the Nepal Humanitarian Country Team in ensuring these principles are reflected in the emergency response activities in support of the Government of Nepal.
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Disasters in South Asia impact men and women in different ways. The mortality rates are unequal and the scale and nature of economic and social losses are not the same for women and men. To reduce disaster risk, it is therefore essential to include gender analysis and considerations in all disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities. The event was organized in close coordination with UNDP and Women Friendly Disaster Management Core Group in Nepal, with support from the Government of Denmark. The...
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Overview reference document on the GESI context in Nepal in terms of disasters, poverty/development, exclusion, vulnerability, education, health, harmful practices, GBV, laws, policies, institutions, representation and leadership
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Summary of key facts and figures, case studies, initiatives, progress, challenges, needs and opportunities related to gender equality and social inclusion in the context of the Nepal flood humanitarian response in 2017. Includes overview of GESI in the flood context, key messages as well as a highlighting key response, needs, gas and emerging risks from a GESI perspective.
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Summary of key updates, facts and figures, initiatives, progress, challenges, needs and opportunities related to gender equality and women’s empowerment in the post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction process in Nepal.
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Summary of key updates, facts and figures, initiatives, progress, challenges, needs and opportunities related to gender equality and women’s empowerment in post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction process in Nepal.
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Every day, come early afternoon, the Dangals take a walk back to the spot where their house used to be before the earthquake: today a cherry blossom tree is in full bloom next to a pile of rubble. “This is where our house used to be,” says Bishnu Maya, who is unable to rebuild because they don’t have enough money. But hope lives on. One day Bishnu Maya is hopeful she will be able to go back to her old life, her home, and bring her family together again...
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In this edition: (*) Gender Equality in the Humanitarian Response - Gender Monitoring Indicator (*) Women's voices: Findings from feedback survey with UN Women supported communities (*) Reflection on response and good practices and more...
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In this edition: (*) Guidance on Gender Mainstreaming in Transition Process (*) Update on Response Monitoring Gender Indicators (*) Response and good practices and more...
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Two months after massive earthquakes impacted Nepal, representatives of foreign governments, development partners and multilateral agencies gathered in Kathmandu for the International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction. Before the Conference the Government of Nepal presented the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), which estimates the damages, losses, and needs for Nepal to resume a normal national life...