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Press Release on 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Press Release

Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizen Hon. Ms. Uma Regmi emphasized that without the inclusion of women, who comprise half of the global population with half of its potential, the resilient recovery and realization of sustainable development will be a distant dream.

Addressing the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in the United Nations, New York, today, Hon. Minister said that the COVID-19 and climate crisis are “threat multiplier” which make women and girls more vulnerable to all forms of gender-based violence and human trafficking and stressed the integrated approach to tackle the crises effectively.

While highlighting Nepal’s major achievements made in the field of gender equality and women empowerment, she underlined that Nepal has been implementing a zero-tolerance policy on gender-based violence and embracing the idea of mainstreaming gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) into climate change mitigation and adaptation programs. Nepal is a pioneer country in South Asia to implement the gender-responsive budget, she said.

Hon. Minister also urged the international community  particularly developed countries to fulfill the $100 billion per year commitment on climate funding and double the adaptation finance by 2025 for ensuring gender-just climate solutions, increasing women’s leadership in the green economy, and building women’s and girls’ resilience to climate impacts and disasters.

The 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women is being held from 14 to 25 March 2022 under the theme “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.” Nepali delegation to the Session led by Hon. Ms. Regmi includes Secretary of the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens Mr. Hari Prasad Mainali, Nepal’s Permanent Representative to the UN Mr. Amrit Bahadur Rai, gender expert Ms. Bandana Rana, and senior government officials.


Hon. Minister also participated in a Ministerial Roundtable on “Women’s voice and agency: good practices towards achieving women’s full, equal and meaningful participation and decision-making” on 14 March. In her intervention, she highlighted Nepal’s legal and institutional arrangements and shared the best practices that ensure meaningful participation of women and girls in every walk of Nepali society.

Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations

New York

16 March 2022