The Gender Equality in Numbers report consolidates available data on key gender-related Sustainable Development Goal indicators and the minimum set of gender-related indicators for Nepal. It provides an overview of commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment and key statistics in population demographics, health, education, leadership, labour and economic empowerment, poverty reduction and ending all forms of gender based violence.
The study report of the National Women’s Commission of Nepal provides the implementation status of the 2018, Concluding Observations of the CEDAW Committee on the sixth periodic report of Nepal. The report serves as tool for enabling the State to fulfil its human rights obligation, particularly in light of the seventh periodic report that has to be submitted to the CEDAW Committee in November 2022.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Lisa Sutton, Director of the Independent Evaluation and Audit Services (IEAS). IEAS was created in 2018 to perform internal oversight through the Independent Evaluation Service (IES) and Internal Audit Service (IAS). Under Lisa’s leadership, this co-location of IES and IAS will help ensure UN Women delivers on its integrated mandate to achieve gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment.
The greatest global challenge seen to sexual violence is in full flow.
From every region, women have grasped the power of social media to expose their pain and harm, including through use of the hashtags #MeToo, #NiUnaMenos, #BalanceTonPorc, #PrimeiroAssedio, #Babaeko and #WithYou6.
Currently, 2.1 billion people lack safely managed drinking water and 4.5 billion lack safely managed sanitation services. When safe drinking water is not available on household premises, the burden of water collection and treatment falls largely on the shoulders of women and girls. The lack of safe sanitation and hygiene facilities at home may expose them to illness, harassment and violence—hampering their ability to learn, earn an income and move around freely. Where household members fall sick due to water-borne illnesses, it is mainly women and girls who provide the much-needed care.
The interconnectedness and indivisibility of the 2030 Agenda and the realities of the world in which we work require us to deal with complexity at an unprecedented scale. As such, we need to identify, understand and develop appropriate ways of applying systems thinking to collectively define and address the challenges that we confront. We need to think across and beyond one area of expertise or mandate and to understand how our actions contribute to the overall United Nations objectives.
Achieving the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – and notably the goal on gender equality and women’s empowerment – requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions. Based on current trajectories, existing efforts will not suffice to achieve a Planet 50-50 by 2030.
More than 75 per cent of the world’s population lives in societies that are more unequal today than 20 years ago. In many parts of the world, income gaps have deepened despite impressive growth performances. The sharpest increases in income inequality have taken place in those developing countries that were especially successful in pursuing vigorous growth and managed, as a result, to graduate into higher income brackets.1 Economic progress may well exacerbate inequalities, not alleviate them.
UN Women’s Strategy: The Empowerment of Women and Girls with Disabilities –
Towards Full and Effective Participation and Gender Equality was developed to ensure a more systematic approach to strengthen the inclusion of the rights of women and girls with disabilities in UN Women’s efforts to achieve gender equality, empowerment of all women and girls, and the realization of their rights.