Gender Equality And Social Inclusion (GESI) Coordination Mechanism

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Introduction

The Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Coordination mechanisms represent a number of working groups that actively contribute to increased understanding, coordination and commitment to gender equality and socially inclusive policies, development and research actions with of the Government of Nepal, development partners, the United Nations, civil society and individual experts to support of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  by addressing gender-based inequalities, supporting the development work on gender mainstreaming and efforts to Leave No One Behind.

IDPG GESI Working Group

As a working group under the International Development Partner Group (IDPG), the IDPG GESI Working Group´s vision is to promote a coherent and coordinated approach to the agenda of leaving no one behind in Nepal. The Working Group aims to support the IDPG and Government of Nepal in achieving development outcomes by ensuring that women and marginalized groups can meaningfully participate, make decisions, and ultimately benefit from efforts to promote Nepal’s social, economic, and political development. 

Co-chairs
Eloisa Astudillo Fernandez, EU delegation 
Ingrid Buli, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu 
Gitanjali Singh, UN Women

If you have any questions, please contact oda.haug@unwomen.org

Gender Theme Group

The Gender Theme Group (GTGs) is an interagency coordination mechanisms established to strengthen the performance of United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) on gender equality by providing policy advice, coordination on programming issues within the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), and technical support on gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE).

In the context of COVID-19, the Inter-Cluster Gender in Humanitarian Action Task Team (GiHA TT) was reactivated on April 2, 2020 with the endorsement of the Humanitarian Coordinator/Resident Coordination (HC/RC), to ensure effective mainstreaming of gender in the humanitarian response. The Group consists of government officials from Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizen, cluster  organisations active in the humanitarian response and civil society organisations.

Co-chairs
Gitanjali Singh, UN Women
Bernardo Cocco, UNDP 
Carolin Verma Spannuth, UNHCR 

If you have any questions, please contact oda.haug@unwomen.org

Harmful Practices Working Group

In 2018, the UNCT, in accordance with the priorities defined in the UNDAF, agreed to establish a UNCT Harmful Practices Working Group. The working group aims to provide strategic advice to the UN System and to engage in policy dialogue and advocacy in relation to harmful practices and social norm change. It further seeks to contribute to the increased capacity and commitment of its member agencies and to promoting a more coherent and coordinated approach within the UN system in Nepal.

Co-chairs
Gitanjali Singh, UN Women 
Lubna Baqi, UNFPA 

If you have any questions, please contact akseli.lamminmaki@unwomen.org and khatri@unfpa.org 
 

PSEA Working Group

The Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Working Group (PSEA) was first established in 2012 and revigorated in 2018.The PSEA Working Group’s vision is for all international humanitarian and development aid in Nepal to be free of any form of abuse, exploitation and harassment. The PSEA Working Group holds the mandate of serving as a system-wide platform to collectively address sexual exploitation and abuse(SEA) and sexual harassment as well as strengthening system-wide mechanisms on prevention, response and support mechanisms.

Co-chairs
Stine Heiselberg, UNRCO 
Gitanjali Singh, UN Women 

If you have any questions, please contact aino.efraimsson@un.org