One such provider, the National Women Commission (NWC), operates the 1145 support helpline and has experienced a surge in demand for GBV services during the pandemic. The NWC received funding through the World Bank's Integrated Platform for Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response (IPGBVPR) project.
Together with Legal Aid & Consultancy Center (LACC), Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN), Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal, and SAATHI, NWC provides critical support to survivors of gender-based violence.
Providing remote psychosocial counseling
For these GBV survivors—many of whom are already under stress because of the pandemic—psychosocial counseling is an urgent need.
Mounting requests for mental health support has made it urgent to operate 24-hour remote psychosocial counseling services.
However,, which support GBV survivors with psychiatric needs to manage their medicines or obtain funds for hospital admissions.
day-time toll-free helpline to cater to the mental health needs of its callers in Nepal. Further, The National Mental Health Policy 2017 still awaits implementation, causing delays in tackling mental health issues.As of now, only TPO Nepal runs a
Access to justice for GBV survivors
Providing legal aid to GBV survivors should be one of the state's major priorities. We have seen some encouraging signs on this front.
Likewise, an amendment to the current legal policy is recommended to add integrated services whereby GBV survivors receive a socio-legal aid package besides a lawyer, including a psychosocial counselor and mediator.
However, such new shelter protocol approved by the government.. Encouragingly, under the IPGBVPR project, NWC has developed a
Skills development and employment opportunities of GBV survivors, therefore, need attention and investment.
Moving forward with a holistic action
. Established in 2008 by the Ministry of Women Children and Senior Citizen, the fund currently allocates a mere 6 million rupees or about $51,000 each year to GBV survivors, including for legal care, mental health services, skill development, or medical expenses.
Going forward, Nepal needs to build a reliable and holistic health, protection and justice system to support GBV survivors.
GBV service providers should also be encouraged to collaborate to ensure data consistency and improve budget estimates for costs and resources. The 1145 helpline, which has its own integrated Case Management System (CMS), could set an example for a future national GBV database system.
As Nepal charts its path to a resilient recovery,. This effort will require concerted action among the government, development partners, the private sector, and stakeholders to prevent and end all forms of GBV in Nepal.