Newsletter Volume III

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Newsletter Volume III

The nationwide lockdown in Nepal due to the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increase of domestic violence against women and young girls. The lack of proper transportation and communication has restricted their access to support systems, leading to a surge in incidents. Data shows that there was a rise in cases of violence and sexual abuse during the lockdown, which has continued even after. The lockdown has caused job loss and financial strain, especially for women in the informal sector. The unchanged patriarchal mindset of society, where household work is considered a 'job' for women, has led to women being underpaid and underappreciated, both at home and at work. This along with the increase in domestic violence has led to physical and psychological harm to survivors. The government and NGOs need to collaborate to create relief packages and address the structural causes of violence by providing training and resources for survivors, raising awareness, and addressing the economic and policy factors that contribute to the gender gap.

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