As a technical advisory and advocacy group on gender equality, the UNCT Gender Theme Group in Nepal has as its key objective to promote and support coordinated and collective UNCT action to drive the gender-responsive implementation and monitoring of the Nepal UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2013-17, including through the implementation of the UNCT Gender Scorecard recommendations. In line with this role, in April 2015 the UNCT GTG conducted a mapping of the current planned and achieved UN joint contributions to the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls in Nepal from the period of 2014-2016 under the current Nepal United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) period 2013-2017(based on information as of 3 April 2015) categorized into the following 4 key strategic focus areas as per the conclusions of the 57 Commission on the Status of Women on efforts needed to eliminate violence against women and girls: 1) strengthened accountability of legal and policy frameworks, 2) Multi-sectoral services, programmes and responses to violence against women and girls strengthened, 3) Structural and underlying causes and risk factors so as to prevent violence against women and girls addressed and 4) Evidence base on violence against women and girls enhanced.
The position paper by the UNCT Gender Theme Group firstly provides an overview of the current context of violence against women and girls in Nepal, including the commitments by the normative and legal commitments of the Government of Nepal to respond to this issue. Secondly it presents a stock-taking analysis of the responsiveness of the UNCT in Nepal in its joint efforts to ending violence against women and girls under the Nepal UNDAF based on the April 2015 mapping covering the period from 2014 to 2016. Based on this analysis, the paper concludes by identifying recommendations for strengthening the effectiveness of the UN in Nepal in ending violence against women and girls in Nepal.