Various studies show that the majority of Nepalese adolescents lack the knowledge required to make decisions responsibly, leaving them vulnerable to coercion, sexually transmitted diseases, and unintended pregnancy.
Kathmandu, June 20, 2017: Despite the Government’s effort to address the issue, girls and young women are still suffering. Most gender based violence occur within the four walls of Nepalese homes, communities and schools. Data from the 2011 population census shows that in Nepal, 50 percent of women are married between the age of 15 to 19 years, and 12 percent before they are 14 years old. Nepal is ranked 122 out of 145 countries in the world in terms of gender equality in educational attainment.
Against this background, two consultative workshops were recently held in Chitwan and Pokhara to discuss existing policies and initiatives while identifying the gaps in comprehensive sexuality education and gender based violence.
Participants on these workshops shared their real-life experiences of gender based violence and its negative impact on girls’ education and life. A desk review of plans, policies and programmes related to comprehensive sexuality education and gender based violence was also presented at these workshops.
Deergha Narayan Shrestha from UNESCO highlighted the objectives and expected outcomes of the project. “Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) is important to achieve Sustainable Development Goals as it empowers adolescent girls and young women by ensuring quality and relevant education and creating a safe environment in communities and schools,” he shared.
Similarly, Dinesh Shrestha, Regional Education Director of Central Region said, “The government has developed various policies, plans and programmes targeting women and girls. These programmes have to be implemented effectively.”
Likewise, Bishnu Adhikari, Regional Education Director of Western Region stressed the importance of triggering discussions to help identify gaps and provide feedback guiding ministries and stakeholders to mainstream, design and implement Comprehensive Sexuality Education.
A total of 90 participants from Regional Education Directorate, District Education Offices, District Health Offices, Women and Children Offices, Community Learning Centres, NGOs, teachers and journalists – from seven districts of the central and western region participated in the workshops.