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The Government of Nepal has demonstrated through progressive policy measures a strong commitment to advance Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) issues and has centre staged GESI principles in public policies and budget processes. Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) was endorsed as an important strategy to promote GESI principles in national plans and budgets. On 29 May 2021 the Government of Nepal presented NPR 1.647 trillion budget for the Fiscal Year 2078/2079 (2021/2022).
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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 study analyzes the existing status of women in terms of education, health, social security, employment, property rights, and participation and representation in politics and in public forums.
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The study maps the work of Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) and the National Women Commission (NWC) on gender equality and women’s empowerment (GE and WE) and highlights improvements required related to strengthening data systems, policy reform, infrastructure, and stakeholder’s implementation capacity.
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The study concludes that the political parties in Nepal are guided by patriarchal norms and values and the representation of women in decision-making positions in political parties is symbolic.
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The study highlights the Government of Nepal’s adoption of landmark legal and policy frameworks for ending gender-based violence and promoting women’s empowerment (i.e. acts and regulations on marital rape and domestic violence) but notes that implementation remains poor.