News Digest – Gender & Social Inclusion (November 12 – 18)


Rape accused arrested: Police arrested a 52-year-old man on November 10 for raping a seven-year-old girl in Gothatar. As per the police, the victim has been taken to Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital for medical tests. The reports are yet to come.

Good Samaritan continue to feed the deprived: Hamro Team Nepal continues to feed for needy persons from November 10, even though they signed an agreement with administration of Kathmandu Metropolitan City to suspend distribution of free food in an open space and move to closed area on November 6.

Women missing since outset of lockdown: 70 women and 28 girls under the age of 18 had been reportedly missing since the beginning of the lockdown. 16 out of the70 women have been found. Majority of the women left home for the purpose of foreign employment. As claimed by Maiti Nepal, more than 500 women travelling to India via Nepalgunj go missing every year.

WHO intends to diminish cervical cancer cases: WHO stated that by 2050, vaccinating 10 girls against cervical cancer below 15 years and advance treatment could decrease the chances of infection by 40% and save 5 million lives. According to the UN agency, cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers among women worldwide, which can be prevented. However, every year 570,000 women suffer from this disease and 311,00 die.

Government endorses women’s health and rights, undeterred by pandemic: While COVID crisis has massively impacted economy and health around the globe, many governmental and international non-governmental organisations have strived to bring about programs and policies to protect rights and health of girls and women in developing nations as stated by United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) on November 12.

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