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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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The study on the Operational Modality of Various Funds within Federal Governance assesses the status of 12 funds with mandates to respond to GBV and advance GE in Nepal. Funds related to GBV and GE are a central component of the GoN’s effort to advance women’s human rights and equality under law. The study reveals a serious gap between the rights and entitlements that are formally guaranteed to women under law in Nepal, and their ability to experience benefits from these funds.
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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 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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The policy brief, Nepal’s Gender-Based Violence and Gender Equality Funds: The Path to Effective Implementation, provides targeted recommendations to the Government of Nepal (GoN), civil society, and other key actors for the effective implementation of Nepal’s gender-based violence (GBV) and gender equality (GE) funds in a federal context.
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A Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA) to study the gender and intersectional impacts of the COVID-19 crisis was conducted by the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens, UN Women Nepal, and Care International.
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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 Toolkit for Developing Legislation and Policies on Gender-based Violence against Women and Girls in Nepal was finalised in March 2020 and provides guidance for the development, adoption and effective. implementation of comprehensive and human-rights-centred legislation and policies to end gender-based violence against women and girls (GBVAWG). Through this guidance, the toolkit aims to support concerned stakeholders in Nepal at all levels of governance.
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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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16 things you can do to help end violence against women and girls
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A snapshot of UN Women’s Ending Violence against Women and Girls programme delivered by the Fiji Multi-Country Office. Covering 14 Pacific countries and territories, the programme supports Pacific-led activities to improve the policy environment on ending violence against women and girls as well as to meet the immediate needs, at a community level, of women who are experiencing violence. It supports Pacific organisations in delivering services that meet survivors’ needs, as well as...
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A snapshot of UN Women’s Increasing Community Resilience through the Advancement of Women to Address Climate Change and Natural Hazards (IREACH) programme delivered by the Fiji Multi-Country Office. Covering 14 Pacific countries and territories, the programme is designed to ensure that Pacific women become full, equal partners in, and beneficiaries of, all disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, as well as overall sustainable development.
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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...
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Violence against women and girls in the Pacific region is a serious and complex issue requiring urgent action. After years of advocacy by women’s rights and civil society organisations, Pacific Island governments have begun to adopt laws and policies to address this issue. However, governments and civil society organisations continue to face a number of barriers, including access to funding and resources, as well as a need for capacity building in key areas of project design and...
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Violence against girls is also a serious problem in the Pacific. In Vanuatu and Solomon Islands more than 30 per cent of women reported they had been sexually abused before their 15th birthday. In Kiribati and Fiji the number was 20 per cent. Gender-based violence brings with it a raft of consequences for the individuals involved, their families and communities, as well as at regional and national levels. It has a substantial economic impact through increased healthcare, social services, and policing costs....
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Sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in public spheres are an everyday occurrence for women and girls around the world – in urban and rural areas, in developed and developing countries.
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The UN Security Council (UNSC) and different United Nations agencies, such as UN Women and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) have identified VAW as a factor that deters women from participating in politics. Their reports have discussed the inherentrelationship between VAW and governance. They have shown VAW as a consequence of the failure of governance and have looked for ways to monitor and control such violence.
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During March 2014, the United Nations Country Team in India partnered with the private sector, government, civil society, social media and arts community to promote gender equality.
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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.
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The Fifth South Asia Regional Ministerial Meeting – “Celebrating Beijing Plus Ten”, was as special as the year 2005 itself. A year of milestones for gender equality, it marks the tenth anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women at Beijing; 30 years since the First World Conference on Women at Mexico; and, five years since the Millennium Summit. Keeping alive the promise of Beijing, this regional review process, which began in 1996, is a collaborative undertaking involving all stakeholders, including Governments, NGOs, the SAARC secretariat, gender experts...