Mitigating Conflict and Improving Implementation of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Policies Through a People-to-People Approach in Nepal

Fact Sheet: Mitigating Conflict and Improving Implementation of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Policies Through a People-to-People Approach in Nepal

Nepal is home to 103 ethnic groups and 17 official languages. Relationships between these diverse groups appear stable, but grievances have arose out of political marginalization, caste discrimination, and exclusionary state practices that have preserved historical divides, which can result in violent outbursts. Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord in 2006, Nepal has enacted legal reforms to address social tensions in an effort to end discrimination based on ethnicity, caste, gender, culture, and religion.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

This $1,947,468 project, operating from July 2015-July 2018, aims to facilitate opportunities to collaborate across caste and gender divides to enhance trust, empathy, and social ties between caste groups and among men and women. The project operates in ten districts, three of which were most affected by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. The project is implemented by the Asia Foundation.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  1. Improve integration of gender equity and social inclusion in local service delivery institutions and improve gender equity and social inclusion community planning at the local level for women and Dalits.
  2. Institutionalize gender equity and social inclusive responses in decision-making.
  3. Develop a common vision on gender equity and social inclusion.

KEY ACTIVITIES

  • Train local gender equity and social inclusive service agencies in promoting community dialogue and collaboration among Dalit communities, upper caste Hindu groups, and women’s groups.
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment and analysis of strengths and gaps between laws and proposed policies for women and Dalits at the local and district level.
  • Prepare and distributed multiple publications including Procedural Guidance Handbooks on gender equity and social inclusive policies and provisions.
  • Produce and air the KATWAL radio program on Dalits human rights, social inclusion, and social justice.
  • Increase the understanding of local officials on gender equity and social inclusion for collaboration between inter-caste and gender leaders.

Last updated: January 10, 2018

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