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Nepal Gender Profile: (5 May 2015)
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1. On 25 April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Central and Western Regions of Nepal. The earthquake, which has been followed by a series of aftershocks, has led to significant loss of life, injuries and damage of buildings and infrastructure. On 4 May 2015, Government reported that 7,365 people have died and 14,355 people have been injured. The number of destroyed homes is reported to be 191,058 and damaged homes 175,162.
2. According to UN Women estimates, the 13 most affected districts3 (Bhaktapur, Dhading, Dolakha, Gorkha, Kavrepalanchwok, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Nuwakot, Ramechhap, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchwok, Makawanpur and Sindhuli) include approximately 318,000 female-headed households, 38,000 women with disabilities, 157,000 women over the age of 65 years, 738,000 girls aged 14 or under, and 765,000 women and girls who are illiterate.
3. The educational attainment of females is lower than that of males even if the gender gap has narrowed in recent years. In the 15-49 age group, over 40% of women versus 14% of men have never been to school. The ratio of girls to boys in primary school (grades one to five) has improved significantly since 1990, and the target set for 2015 had been achieved by 2013, the ratio for gross enrolment standing at 1.04 and the net enrolment at 1.01.
4. Nepal is signatory to 23 human rights treaties and International human rights instruments with legal framework in Nepal largely supporting women’s right and equality including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820.
5. Nepal has set itself the goal to graduate from the least developed country (LDC) status by 2022. 13 Cited as one of the ‘fastest movers’ by the Human Development Report (HDR) 2010, the country has made significant progress towards achieving its development goals.
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