UNFPA partners with the National Human Rights Commission to advance women’s rights in Nepal

Published On: January 24, 2023 05:44 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) entered into a partnership on Monday with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to support NHRC’s effort for promoting human rights, gender equality, sexual and reproductive health rights, and combating gender-based violence (GBV) and harmful practices. 

Won Young Hong, Country Representative of UNFPA, and Murari Prashad Kharel, Secretary of NHRC signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of Top Bahadur Magar,  Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission, Lily Thapa, Member of NHRC, and other officials of NHRC.  

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Won Young Hong, UNFPA Resident Representative said, “Nepal has made significant progress in formulating progressive laws and policies protecting women’s rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights. Despite this progress, there has been inconsistency in the enforcement and implementation of these laws and policies. This is why we are pleased to partner with NHRC to ensure women’s rights and choices are upheld through the national development process”.  

The new partnership will support the national protection systems to deliver on Nepal’s international obligations, including the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which are essential to the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights and preventing and effectively responding to violence against women and girls in Nepal.


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