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Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action serves as a transformative blueprint for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.Despite a steady progress achieved in twelve critical areas of Beijing Declaration, it will take time to fully realize those commitments.Structural gaps and challenges still persist in society. COVID-19 pandemic has risked further aggravating inequalities. We should not let the pandemic stall our progress.
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As had been highlighted by previous speakers, the SDGs provide a universal, transformative road map to achieve sustainable development by “leaving no one behind”. This is an ambitious goal and we all have a role to play. No country has achieved gender equality. SDG 5 focuses on gender equality (GE) and...
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At the start of 2010, when I was then-UNIFEM’s country director in Afghanistan, I found myself one day in the middle of a complex rocket and ground attack on my hotel in Kabul. It was an attack that lasted perhaps six hours where, together with about seventy other people, hotel staff and guests, I huddled in a basement shelter,...
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In June last year, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the 19th of June each year as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, to raise awareness of the urgent need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour its victims and survivors, and to pay tribute to all those who courageously work to put an end to...
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This joint programme could not be more timely and its design more apt. It comes as Nepal seeks to build on the impressive development gains it achieved under its Millennium Development Goals and it comes shortly after the world adopted Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, committing to leave no one behind. The design recognizes the integrated and cross-sectoral approach we must take to help bring about lasting positive changes...
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We are at an interesting crossroad in history, with an ambitious and transformative, global blueprint for sustainable development. 2030 is end date for discrimination and inequality. We need bold actions for inclusive development. It’s time to step up efforts. It’s time to harness...
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Today, on International Women’s Day, we join governments and activists across the world to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries, communities and families. We take a moment to celebrate the many achievements, to take stock of the remaining gaps and challenges, and to call for change. This March 8th we strive for the future we want, Planet 50-50 by 2030 – the expiry date for all forms...
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Disasters have been found to reinforce, perpetuate and increase pre-existing gender inequality. Women’s potential contributions to disaster risk reduction are often overlooked and their leadership in building community resilience frequently disregarded. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015–2030) Guiding Principles state that “A gender, age, disability and cultural perspective should...
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Disasters have been found to reinforce, perpetuate and increase gender inequality and women’s potential contributions to disaster risk reduction are often overlooked and female leadership in building community resilience frequently disregarded. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015–2030) Guiding Principles state that “A gender, age, disability and cultural perspective should be...
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Good morning and Namaste. I am very pleased to join you here today at the 7th Annual General Meeting of Sabah. The past year has been a challenging one for Nepal in light of the earthquakes in April and May and the ongoing challenges related to the political developments in the country. Let me begin by acknowledging our deep appreciation...
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UN Women joins the UN system and the international community in extending our solidarity with the Government and people of Nepal. As the Post Disaster Needs Assessment notes, because of intersecting inequalities and gender roles, many women and girls were and continue to be affected differentially by the earthquake’s aftermath. Because of their limited access to assets and economic opportunities, limited educational attainment and the burden of care for families, many women, especially...
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In a statement, 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 UN Women will work with local women’s groups to provide urgently needed services and support the overall humanitarian needs...
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Today (8 March 2015), on International Women’s Day, we join governments and activists across the world to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women, the conference that produced the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing...
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UN Women has travelled the journey with the home based workers in the region (including Nepal) and has supported their efforts since 1996. We have supported the establishment of national networks in Bangladesh, India,Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and also their efforts to engage in policy advocacy on key issues, such as social protection, fair trade practices, mutual...
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UN Women Representative, Ziad Sheikh’s remarks on behalf of the United Nations and the UN Resident Coordinator at the National Women’s Conference on Beijing+20 Inauguration session, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Closing remarks by Gitanjali Singh, Deputy Representative, UN Women at the UN Women and ILO joint regional workshop on the effective social and economic reintegration of women migrant workers, 19-21 August 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Equality for Women is Progress for All’
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A nation cannot prosper, cannot reach its full potential unless girls and women are empowered economically, politically and are free from any kind of violence.
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As Nepal heads to polls in less than five days, very few women are contesting elections under the first-past-the-post category. Even the very few nominated have been asked to compete against powerful male leaders. The potential role of women and its positive effects on the society continues to be overlooked both in Nepal and other countries. But societies that have tapped into women power have clearly benefited from having more women representation.
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Remarks by Gitanjali Singh, Deputy Representative, UN Women Nepal at the National Consultation of Women Entrepreneurs organized by the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Associations of Nepal (FWEAN) : Closing Session, Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka, Date: 25 October 2013