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UN Women Nepal: Comprehensive Relief Package

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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. In order 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. The document reflects NCO’s efforts to address women’s practical needs as the crisis evolves, address specific gender-based vulnerabilities and barriers, and strengthen women’s networks.

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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.

In order to respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis, UN Women Nepal Country Office (NCO) has adopted a developmental lens across its programming areas. This approach stems from UN Women’s commitment to the principles of feminist leadership, leaving no one behind, and adaptive programming. UN Women recognizes that the health impacts of COVID-19 have been accompanied by socio-economic impacts and that ongoing efforts are needed to save both lives and livelihoods. UN Women firmly believes that a collective, rights-based response must prioritize the needs of those made most vulnerable by this crisis.

Thus, UN Women Nepal has developed a comprehensive relief package to support women from excluded groups in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Objectives:

  • Address women’s practical needs as the crisis evolves – in terms of food and non-food items
  • Address specific gender-based vulnerabilities and barriers, such as gender-based violence, unpaid work and care work, and lack of access to information, services, and resources
  • Strengthen women’s networks for political engagement and advocacy to challenge gender discriminatory norms and harmful practices