Strengthening Safeguards

ABC Nepal’s Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response Efforts

Amidst the serene landscapes of Koshi Province, a pressing challenge persists—gender-based violence. ABC Nepal, with international and local backing, is confronting this challenge head-on through its proactive Phase II program. By strategically combining advocacy, direct support, and community engagement, this initiative seeks to dismantle the barriers of gender inequality and violence.

Phase II: Program Overview and Objectives

The Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response Phase II program operates across three districts—Morang, Udaypur, and Okhaldhunga—with the overarching goal of eradicating gender discrimination and supporting survivors. The program is a joint initiative, showcasing a model of collaboration that brings together various governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.

In Koshi Province, ABC Nepal is pioneering significant advancements in gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response with its Phase II program. Supported by the Swiss Government, Norwegian Embassy, and UNFPA, and in collaboration with local municipalities, this initiative is tailored to reduce gender discrimination and enhance community resilience.

Progress and Achievements: Detailed Insights

  1. Shelter and GBV Services:

    The program has provided comprehensive shelter services to 148 individuals across the three districts, with a breakdown as follows:
    • Morang: 40 individuals
    • Udayapur: 59 individuals
    • Okhaldhunga: 49 individuals

      Additionally, 126 individuals received GBV services without shelter, highlighting the outreach and impact beyond the safe houses.
  2. Coordination and Training:
    • Livelihood training was imparted to 24 persons, enhancing their skills for economic independence.
    • The program facilitated seven coordination meetings with stakeholders, ensuring cohesive efforts and resource sharing among key players.
  3. Advocacy and Awareness:
    The program successfully conducted an activism event against GBV, which saw participation across all districts, fostering greater community involvement and awareness.

The Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response Phase II program by ABC Nepal is a beacon of hope and a testament to what structured, community-focused initiatives can achieve. Through direct support, training, and advocacy, the program not only aids survivors but also works towards creating a society where gender equality is the norm, not the exception.