Minister for Economic Affairs of Gandaki Province, Jit Prakash Alemagar, highlighted that there has been a noticeable decrease in cases of gender-based violence (GBV) since the country transitioned to a federal republic. He attributed this positive shift to the increased ownership of land by women, which has fostered self-dependence.
During a meeting with the National Women Commission (NWC) and security agencies, Alemagar highlighted that the new constitution, by granting women more financial rights, has led to a decline in gender stereotypes.
NWC Chairperson Kamala Parajuli stressed women’s active involvement in society as vital in reducing violence. She urged cooperation from politics and society to empower them. Parajuli also noted complaints of women facing challenges after the removal of district development offices after the federal republic adoption.
Shanti Raman Wagle, Chief of the district coordination committee in Tanahu, highlighted the importance of women’s financial independence for confidence. He acknowledged that despite progress, women still face violence at home.
Meanwhile, a report by Nepal Police on gender-based violence reveals a sobering reality regarding gender-based violence in Nepal. Across the provinces, 21,568 cases and complaints have been registered in the fiscal year 2078/79, reflecting the prevalence of this issue.
Bagmati Province records the highest number with 5,654 cases, closely followed by Madesh Province with 5,115 cases. Lumbini Province, Koshi Province, and Gandaki Province also report significant numbers at 3,655, 2288, and 1777 cases, respectively. Meanwhile, the provinces of Gandaki, Karnali, and Sudurpaschim each document 1,295 and 1758 cases respectively.
The report also reveals that in the majority of gender-based violence cases, victims and offenders have lower educational qualifications.