Nepal and GEDSI

Nepal and GEDSI

The notion of Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI), strives to promote the fundamental principles of equal access to resources, services, and decision-making processes for all individuals while valuing and addressing their diverse backgrounds and needs. It recognizes that certain segments of the population, including women, individuals with disabilities, and marginalized communities, encounter various obstacles and forms of discrimination that hinder their full participation in and integration into society and development (FAO, 2023). Moreover, GEDSI underscores the intricate interplay of social, cultural, economic, and environmental factors in shaping inclusion and equality. By doing so, it seeks to grasp the underlying systems, structures, and norms that perpetuate inequalities and exclusion.

Nepal abodes remarkable diversity, boasting 142 distinct ethnic groups, 124 languages, a rich tapestry of unique religions and cultures, and a vast geographical expanse (National Population and Housing Census, 2021). This diversity is often celebrated as a source of national pride, but in contrast, deep-rooted issues of social prejudices, exclusion and discrimination based on gender, caste, ethnicity, religion and people with disabilities, that are engrained in the norms and practices cast a stark shadow over the Nepali society. 

Recognizing these challenges, there is an urgent need to reinforce efforts towards GEDSI in Nepal. To combat social exclusion and discrimination, Nepal has hinged its commitments on the international stage and embedded the GEDSI perspective firmly within its constitutional provisions. This demonstrates a steadfast commitment to building a more inclusive and equitable society that leaves no one behind.

Reviewed by: Shradha Khadka
Research and writing: Susmita Puri 
Design: Rahul Roy
Published by: Centre for Social Change (CSC)
Kathmandu, Nepal

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