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 and with the conclusions made at the 57 session of the Commission on the Status of Women on efforts needed to eliminate violence against women and girls, in April 2015 the UNCT GTG conducted a mapping of joint UN efforts to ending violence against women and girls in Nepal from 2014 to 2016
This 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.
The purpose of the paper is to serve as an advocacy and guidance tool for strengthening the effectiveness of the current Nepal UNDAF 2013-17 and future UNDAF cycles in its joint programming related to ending violence against women and girls. It also serves as reference note for information sharing for use by the UN Resident Coordinator and the UNCT in Nepal when presenting on the progress of the UN in Nepal in implementing commitments to ending violence against women and girls through coordinated efforts and joint programming.