Gender equality and social inclusion is one of the biggest and most persistent challenges facing Nepal and many of the South Asian countries. In practice, this means the fruits of development are spread unevenly across ethnic, gender and geographic categories. Vulnerabilities and inequalities are exacerbated by geographic and environmental factors. The existing socio-economic and physical conditions of certain groups like women, children, people with disabilities, senior citizens, sexual and gender minorities, those living in poverty and socially marginalized groups such as the Dalits, Muslims and indigenous people make them more vulnerable than others.
UNDP Nepal works across different ministries, civil society organizations, federations, academia, media and bilateral organizations and with different UN agencies to advance gender equality, inclusion and the empowerment of women. Special attention is given to women and men facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination such as due to caste based discrimination, ethnicity, disability or indigenous status. UNDP focuses directly on gender, inclusion and women’s empowerment, integrating it into the organizations’ key thematic areas: Inclusive Economic Growth, Democratic Governance, Climate and DRR/M.
Key Results: 2021
Over 26,000 people, of whom 82% were women and 72% were young women, became microentrepreneurs
5,400 farmers, of whom 53% were women, assisted with production technology, post-harvest loss reduction skills, and access to local markets
Over 2,350 women received temporary basic income and financial literacy training to help them cope with the COVID-19 crisis
Gender equality and social inclusion policy formulated, and capacities of civil servants enhanced to promote inclusive provincial and local governance
Key institutions, including Election Commission, National Human Rights Commission adopted gender and social inclusion policy
31 technical persons, 20% of them women, trained in survey techniques and 50 local semi-skilled labourers, 18 of them Dalits, trained on earthquake-resilient building construction technology.
Over 48,000 people, including 3000 women, 301 persons with disabilities, 160 LGBTQ+ persons and 178 Muslims enhanced their skills in urban disaster risks reduction and response.
219 savings and credit groups with 4,247 members (91% of them women, and 31% from excluded groups) brought into operation. These groups saved NPR 11million, which is provided to members for income-generating activities.