Gender Equality and Social Inclusion


Inclusive growth is a persistent challenge in Nepal, with the fruits of development spread unevenly across ethnic, gender and geographic categories, a defining feature of the country’s historical trajectory. Vulnerabilities and inequalities are exacerbated by geographic and environmental factors. The existing socio-economic and physical conditions of certain groups like women (especially vulnerable groups of women, e.g. female headed households and single 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 Janajatis (Indigenous People) make them more vulnerable than others.more

Our goals

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: Poverty Reduction, Democratic Governance, Democratic Transition and Environment, Environment, Climate and DRM.

Skilled hands, self-employment: Decent work for all men and women

Ganga and Basant Timilsena from Parbat tending to one the many hives they maintain as part of the beekeeping enterprise they have started with UNDP's assistance.

Our Stories

Reversal of fortune: From child soldier to entrepreneur

Although being a minor disqualified her from taking up the options available to other Maoist fighters following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, Bindu’s return to a normal life and livelihood was paved with help from UNDPmore 

A stitch in time: How entrepreneurship offered hope to a struggling single mother

At one point finding it difficult to make ends meet, Dhan Maya Rana was able to climb out of the rut and provide for herself and her son through a tailoring shop she started with the support of UNDP’s MEDEPmore 

A different tune

Some 10 years ago, Lalo Devi might have never imagined she’d be running a successful flute-making business, but thanks to support from UNDP’s MEDEP, the Dalit woman from Saptari has forged a path out of povertymore 

Back from the brink

A woman from a family battling food insecurity engineers a remarkable reversal of fortune with help from UNDP’s MEDEPmore 

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