In 1990, the new democratic constitution of the country guaranteed equal protection and non-discrimination to \all Nepalese citizens, and in 1991, Nepal became a signed member of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). However, despite the presence of this legislation, legal, political, economic and social gender discrimination continues in almost every aspect of life in Nepal.
Recently, women’s rights groups in Nepal successfully lobbied for the integration of International human rights instruments in to Nepal’s national law through the new Women’s Rights Bill (Eleventh Amendment to the Country Code or Muluki Ain). Repealing discriminatory laws against women, this Bill theoretically provides women greater rights in inheritance, divorce, abortion and adoption and increases punishments for perpetrators of rape, incest, paedophilia and child marriage. However, as in the case of CEDAW, people are unaware of this new law and it is not being enforced.
Pressing for implementation
As a result of widespread ignorance and failure to implement rights, Nepal is rated 119 on the Gender-related Development Index and women’s rights abuses and the effects of gender related discrimination continues to be well documented. Saathi is a key organisation pressing for the implementation of existing laws and the formation of new laws to protect women and children against violence and exploitation.
Fighting for women's rights:
Legal gains for women in Nepal
In the twentieth session, the Parliament House of Representatives passed the Country Code (Eleventh Amendment) Bill with some amendments that had been under consideration since the eleventh session of the parliament. Read More..
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Read More..
- Domestic Violence Bill
Citizenship rights for Nepali women
Citizenship in Nepal has been described as a ‘ticket to life’ as it is vital to access governmental services, such as education and healthcare and to register a person’s existence. Read More..
- Sexual Harassment Bill
MoU Signing ANFA-Saathi
Glimpses of Launch of Campaign " Our Goal: End Violence Against Women" & MoU Signing Ceremony between All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) - Saathi 11 February 2011 ANFA Complex, Kathmandu.Read More..
- Theatre of the Oppressed
- The New Openness: Initiating a social dialogue on prostitution in Nepal from different perspectives
- Glimpses of 16 Days Activism
- 16 Days Activism
“Women’s Participation and Protection for Peace and Development”
16 Days Activism Against Gender Based Violence - 2010, “Women’s Participation and Protection for Peace and Development” Interactive Discussion, 2nd December, 2010 Read More..
- Press Release - Civil Society Monitoring of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325
- Mainstreaming LGBTI Concerns in Human Rights Agenda Workshop with Women’s Rights Activists
Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act 2008, Nepal
Nepal Gazette Published by Nepal Government Section 59 Kathmandu, Baishak 14 2066, additional volume 3, SECTION 2 Government of Nepal Ministry of Law, Justice and Constituent Assembly AffairsRead More..
Training of Trainers on Violence against Women through community Action 14th May – 18th May
Saathi organized a training of the trainers on violence against women through community action. This training was held in the United World Trade Centre, Tripureshwor from 14th till 18th May.Read More..
Interactive Discussion on "Domestic Violence Crime & Punishment Act 2066
Interactive Discussion on "Domestic Violence Crime & Punishment Act 2066"Read More..
Saathi Hails Domestic Violence Bill
Saathi as a pioneer NGO working for domestic violence since 17 years has been advocating for the passage of domestic violence (DV) legislation for more than a decade. In this process meeting with Bindra Hada,Read More..
Dream Asia rises to the challenge
Kathmandu: A programme aimed at raising awareness about gender-based violence in Nepal will take place during next month's AFC Challenge Cup, with the March 8 kick-off of the eight-team tournament coinciding with International Women's Day.Read More..
Gender and Social Inclusion: Central to the Nepal Earthquake Response
A practical resource for humanitarians, field-based practitioners, cluster coordinators, policy-makers, donors, researchers, advocates, activists and reporters to ensure a more effective and accountable response to the Nepal Earthquakes. Read More..