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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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This GE Update focuses on Cash transfer programming - the facilitation of cash to vulnerable people - that is increasingly used as a critical approach in humanitarian action offering targeted opportunities for women. This type of programming allows the receivers the voice and power to determine their own needs, and the agency to plan their own humanitarian response, while also supporting local economies and businesses.
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Gender Equality Update 33 highlights some of the innovative solutions Nepal’s youth have designed and executed during the COVID-19 crisis, such as creating informative podcasts, distributing medical equipment, running awareness campaigns and taking part in government-funded start-ups. It also captures information on the Generation Equality Forum and campaign, that brought together the next generation of women’s rights activists with veteran gender equality advocates and visionaries.
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As the current outbreak of COVID-19 continues to impact the most vulnerable communities, the need for effective cooperation and response has increased. The Gender Equality Update 32 is the result of the Gender in Humanitarian Action Task Team (GiHA-TT) meeting, in which Civil Society Organizations, International Development Partners, UN agencies and the Government of Nepal came together to highlight the needs, challenges, good practices and lessons learned in responding to the current wave.
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The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has further magnified the challenges faced by vulnerable groups in Nepal. The Gender in Humanitarian Action Task Team (GiHA-TT), a multi-stakeholder network of Civil Society Organizations, International Development Partners, UN agencies and Government of Nepal, chaired by UN Women Nepal has been actively advancing the incorporation of gender equality and social inclusion into Nepal’s responses to the 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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An equal and inclusive society demands inclusion of voices from all paths. The checklist, ‘Diversity in Dialogue’ includes detailed steps to help organizers and panelists to ensure multiple arguments, expertise and inclusion in public forums. UN Nepal’s Gender Theme Group collaborated with International Development Partners – Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Group to develop the checklist. UN in Nepal and more than 17 International Development Partners have signed the pledge. Let’s make a conscious choice today to promote inclusive representation.
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While different social forces drive women to migrate abroad for work, the most common reason they do is economic. Having few livelihood options, women often seek work opportunities elsewhere to improve their family’s economic conditions. Beyond fulfilling women’s economic needs, migration can also provide them with opportunities to escape deeply entrenched discrimination and gender inequalities, such as sexual and gender-based violence, non-recognition of women’s work, and...
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The 28th Gender Equality Update highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a focus on mental health crisis in Nepal. The update includes challenges in providing mental healthcare in Nepal, the innovations made to ensure mental healthcare services reach the most affected communities, and long-term recommendations to sustain mental wellbeing among vulnerable groups in Nepal.
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The 25th Gender Equality Update highlights the importance of ensuring equitable distribution of the covid-19 vaccine in Nepal. It includes a checklist including key issues around women´s leadership, gender barriers, disaggregated data, access to data and countering misinformation.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, civil society organizations (CSOs) in Nepal are closely monitoring and responding to the emerging health and socio-economic needs of communities on the ground. This Gender Equality Update focuses on the COVID-19 response of four CSOs and women’s networks that are part of the Gender in Humanitarian Action Task Team (GiHA TT) chaired by UN Women. It highlights their valuable efforts to promote and protect the rights of the most excluded and vulnerable groups.
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The GE Update # 23 focuses on gendered impacts of the floods and landslides caused by heavy rainfall during the monsoon season. On July 27, the Gender in Humanitarian Task Team (GiHA TT) organised a virtual meeting on monsoon response with women’s groups, civil society organisations and the Government of Nepal to understand the challenges and issues pertaining to this emergency and lessons learned from previous years.
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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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The Gender Equality Update 20 highlights some of the ongoing initiatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Nepal designed to address the needs of vulnerable groups and communities.
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The Gender Equality Update 19 focuses on women’s leadership in Nepal the context of COVID-19 response. It aims to bring forth the voices and highlights the emerging issues from women mayors and deputy mayors.
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The Gender Equality Update 18 brings out the voices of youth in Nepal on migration, livelihood, sexual and reproductive health, women’s leadership and engaging men and boys.
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The Gender Equality Update 17 looks into how COVID-19 has impacted the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Nepal, and highlights the emerging issues and recommendations from victims groups and civil society organisations.
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The Government of Nepal is committed to ensure that all provincial and local governments are fully functional, sustainable, inclusive and accountable to their citizens in the new federalist state structure. As more than 40 per cent of the elected representatives at the local government level, women now have an unprecedented opportunity to advance gender equality and social inclusion.