News Digest – Gender & Social Inclusion (March 4 – March 10, 2021)

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Increasing number of migrant working flying to Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia is finally open to migrant workers after a 10-month halt. As per the general secretary of the Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA), around 2300 demand letters were received from local employers for employing Nepalis. He also stated that gauging the number of demand letters, there is a demand for nearly 30,000 to 40,000 Nepali workers at the least. Recruiting agencies approximates the number of demand could rise up to 70,000 within a month.

Woman commits suicide: A 35-year-old woman who was a victim of domestic violence committed suicide on March 8. She jumped into Karnali River along with her four children aged 15, 12, 19, and 7. Bodies of two children were recovered on March 8.

COVID crisis hit women entrepreneurs economically Nearly 15% of businesses run by women shut down owing to pandemic. Businesses of handicrafts that attract tourists were severely hit and the situation remains the same even now, said the president of the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal. There were 5000 businesses run by women entrepreneurs which were employing 50,000 people in various sectors.

Badi people protest in continuum: Approximately 400 people from Badi community from Dailekh, Jajarkot, Kalikot, and Surkhet have been staging protest demanding for 15 kathas of land plots each for 5-member Badi family for residential and agricultural purposes. They have been protesting in front of the Office of Chief Minister (CMO) since the last two weeks. They had submitted a memorandum seeking for the same to CMO which has been sent to the Home Ministry.

Female doctor providing services in rural areas : Female doctors are gradually succeeding in providing services in Jagannanth Rural Municipality in Bajura. They are receiving a lot of female patients who had been suffering from various ailments for a prolonged period. Now that female doctors are providing services, women feel comfortable seeking medical help from them. As per the doctor, more than 40 patients are being treated per day.

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