Violence against women and girls
Women and girl trafficking
Lone women parents
As a recent World Bank report confirms that societies that discriminate on the basis of gender pay the cost of greater poverty, slower economic growth, weaker governance and a lower standard of living of their people, it is not surprising that women have enjoyed few rights in Nepal. Despite the country being a signed member of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW, ratified 1991) and recent legal reforms giving women unprecedented rights, social, political, economic and legal gender discrimination persists in almost every aspect of life.
The mass poverty in the country, particularly in rural areas, combined with an overwhelming patriarchal society leaves many women impoverished, disadvantaged, dependent and discriminated against with little hope of redress.