News Digest: Gender and Social Inclusion (August 26 – September 1, 2021)

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A 40 years old woman from Jhapa kills herself in family suicide alongside her husband and 8 months old daughter. She went to Kathmandu to make arrangements for foreign employment but had to return back after her COVID-19 test was positive.

A 17 years old girl’s dead body was found buried after murder in Udaipur. Police and family suspects of murder after gang rape due to the brutal condition of her body and the case is under investigation.

Students from marginalized community and low income families are helpless and left out as they are unable to take online classes due to no access to internet and devices. Also around 40% students of lower classes and 20% of upper classes students are not in contact or reach of the school administration. This digital divide has further pushed back the scope and opportunities of marginalized communities.

The English written test for Israeli caretaker job to take place for two hours on September 13. The job opening for 1000 jobs has received an overwhelming response from Nepali foreign employment seekers.

First dose of AstraZeneca vaccine given to the Nepali returnees from India at the Gaddachauki border in Kanchanpur. Around 200 to 250 individuals are estimated to be returning from India among which around 100 are receiving the vaccination at the border. The rest have already been inoculated from India.

Around 50% of people above 65 years old from Kathmandu absent for the second dose vaccination since only weeks left for the expiry. According to the Health Ministry lack of contact details have made it hard to reach them.

As the valley is turning into a major hotspot of coronavirus the decision of opening schools by Gokarneshwor Municipality in Kathmandu might be risky according to the experts. Due to lack of public health measures and mechanism to monitor the COVID 19 safety measures the rush decision to reopen schools might turn catastrophic.

A pregnant woman from Kalikot rescued by helicopter and taken to a hospital at Surkhet as her condition worsened. The helicopter services have made it easy for health emergencies.

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