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The Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Department works on promoting and mainstreaming gender equality, inclusion and protection issues across all programmes of NRCS, protecting people with special needs and promoting access to basic humanitarian services.

The Department started working in the area of women development from 1997 with the objectives of increasing women membership in the Red Cross and encourage them for better participation in all tires and activities. Since the founding of NRCS in 1963, we have been supporting the culture of non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace.

The GESI Department comprises the Women Development Section (WDS) that was established in 1998. Since then, promoting gender sensitivity, women empowerment and increasing women membership in the organization are the key concerns constantly being undertaken organizationally.

Since a decade, a big change in gender and inclusion issues has been witnessed globally. Therefore, a lot of efforts have also been made by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in this area.

In 2007, the interim constitution of Nepal made specific priorities for gender and inclusion at different levels. Considering the national and international context, in 2011, the previous Central Women Development Committee was transformed into the gender and inclusion committee (GAIC) representing both male and female; whereas only women used to be represented in the previous committee. Likewise, with the objective to promote gender and inclusion more organizationally and programmatically, the Gender and Inclusion Department (GAID) was established in 2012.

Recently, NRCS GESI policy as updated into Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI) policy and developed a PGI Mainstreaming Guideline in 2018 based on national and international context.

The GESI department provides technical support at all levels of NRCS by developing policy, guideline and operational plan. Similarly, it supports the advocacy and capacity building of all departments’ focal points. Under PGI child protection, prevention of sexual and gender-based violence, disability inclusion and PGI mainstreaming, reducing social harmful practices like child marriage, human trafficking, discrimination based on gender, caste, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age are the major working areas of the department.

Annually, the Department serves more than 150,000 comprising males, females, people with disabilities, senior citizens, sexual minority and ethnic groups.

Contact

Name DesignationEmail address
1Puja KoiralaDirectorpuja.koirala@nrcs.org

Partners

Program Coverage Partner Target Population
1Empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities in earthquake-affected communities programLamjung and TanahunDanish Red Cross Hong Kong Red Cross3,785 persons
 2 Capacity Building of NRCS in Protection, Gender and Social Inclusion HQs, Province level including new districts (based on needs)IFRC 100,000 persons