Published date: July 5, 2013
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This report presents the results of a survey of individual, institutional, legal and policy responses to experiences of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in Nepal. Through a detailed understanding of the experiences of 6 women who have suffered violence, we have reviewed how and where women seek care and support, and explored reasons for not seeking care. We have reviewed the mechanisms for institutional accountability, collaboration and co-ordination, and have engaged with multiple stakeholders to understand the barriers and opportunities for improving institutional responses.
In addition, we have looked in detail at the legal and policy environments which, in theory, both protect and promote the rights of women and girls to live a life free of violence, and ensure they have a right to care and support when needed. The findings from the report make for sobering reading. It is well documented that women and girls in Nepal face multiple burdens of violence – physical, sexual, emotional and structural. Moreover, it is understood that these same women may face discrimination and suffer stigma, shame and social isolation if they seek care and support for the violence they suffer. What we have documented in this report are the accounts of six women who have suffered abuse (ranging from trafficking through accusations of witchcraft, to dowry-related violence) and who came into contact with service providers who were mandated to provide help to them.