News Digest – Gender & Social Inclusion (October 15-21)


Repatriation of migrant workers: 1097 Nepali nationals were repatriated from various labour destination countries on October 14. Two bodies of the deceased were also brought back. As per CCMC, total number of repatriated migrant workers is 106,329 amidst the pandemic.

Uncertain future of returnee women migrant workers: As per the new report, 76% of women migrant workers working in various labour destination countries are oblivious about the government’s new employment scheme. Moreover, these returnees also showed no faith on the government’s rehabilitation schemes. They were dubious whether these schemes will be able to help them during financial distress. The reported suggested that many returnee workers wished to go abroad again.

Pandemic doubly impacted Dalit communities: According to a survey conducted by Samata Foundation, approximately 82% of the Dalit participants were found to be hit by the pandemic resulting in financial crisis. Nearly 45% of the participants had become jobless due to the pandemic. Unemployment rate was reported to be highest in province 2 (53%) and Karnali province following the nationwide lockdown.

Nepali migrant workers strive for foreign employment amidst pandemic: Nepali migrant workers wished to go back abroad for job purposes as the labour destinations countries have started opening their economy. Lack of job opportunities back home and government’s inefficacious rehabilitation schemes have compelled them to opt for foreign employment even amidst the COVID crisis. Foreign Employment Office has issued 8097 labour permits in the month of Ashwin.

New data collection procedure on women and children: The Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens has come up with a new procedure of collecting and updating data of women, children and differently-abled persons to form a report that Nepal government presents to international forums. MoWCSC aims to create an integrated reporting system and formulate policies based on the report and progressively improve the quality of data recording mechanisms.

Traffickers making the most of the pandemic: Human traffickers are reaping benefits out of the pandemic to target a gamut of COVID-affected people from unemployed migrant workers to school dropout students. It has become easier for the traffickers to sway people and engage in trafficking because it has become difficult to trace the crime behind closed doors. Further, victims of it are at high risk with barely any scope of being rescued. About 25 million people around the globe have become victim to labour and sex trafficking as per the United Nations.

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