Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

On April 25th a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. More than 3.2 million women and children are at risk after the disaster. UN Women is committed to supporting the relief efforts, recognizing the vital role women play in shaping priorities for relief and reconstruction.

UN Women and local partners are providing dignity kits to affected families including hygiene supplies and essential items. Photo: UN Women/Samir Jung Thapa



The gender factor in Nepal's reconstruction

24 June 2015

On April 25 life changed for all of us who live, love or are related in any way to Nepal, but especially for the family members and loved ones of more than 8,800 people who perished, for those who were injured and for the hundreds of thousands who lost their homes and sources of livelihood. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake left 2.8 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance and billions of dollars in damages and loses. The earthquake impacted everyone, but...more

Helping Nepali widows regain their footing

23 June 2015

Mina Shrestha, 30, was visiting her parents some 90 kilometres from the Nepali capital of Kathmandu on 25 April 2015. She hadn’t seen them in a few months, so she left her two sons with her husband at home in Dharmasthali, a small town on the outskirts of Kathmandu. When the earthquake struck, she immediately tried to contact her...more

To Rise Up and Rebuild

27 May 2015

Like the rest of the world, I watched in horror as the nation’s capital Kathmandu, where I was born and raised, loomed in dust and debris. It is difficult to escape the images of destruction, pain, loss and grief that have been headlining the news and social media. However, it is equally hard to ignore the strength of the Nepalese people and their resilience and commitment to rise and...more

Nepali home-based workers association helps women rebuild

26 May 2015

At 11.56 A.M., a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Fortunately most of Khokhana’s inhabitants were outside working in the fields; if it had been the middle of the night, the death toll would have been much higher. As it is, many of the survivors are living in clusters of hastily erected shelters and tents on the outskirts of the village, too scared to enter their homes...more

Gender Equality Bulletin Special Issue - One Month on

25 May 2015

While disasters do not discriminate, women, men, girls and boys experience their impacts differently. In Nepal, women, in particular single women, female-headed households, women with disabilities and older women, are reporting discrimination in access to relief... more

A family rebuilds after the earthquake in Nepal

14 May 2015

As the fateful earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April, 22-year-old Shanta Tamang, went into labour. Shanta’s mother managed to find a local taxi and rushed her to the nearest hospital. The next day, baby Rehan was... more

Restoring dignity: Women mobilize relief efforts in Nepal

8 May 2015

UN Women and partner organizations are working to prevent violence against women and children, with dignity kits being distributed in many districts affected by the earthquake... more

UN Women to address gender-based violence in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal

4 May 2015

According to Government reports has caused more than 5,000 deaths and left more than 10,000 people injured, a flash appeal was issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in collaboration with the Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator and partners.... more

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka following the devastating earthquake in Nepal

28 April 2015

UN Women's Executive Director says the organization stands in strong solidarity with the people of Nepal as they face the loss of life of loved ones and the physical devastation caused by the earthquake and aftershocks. She details that... more