Humanitarian Response

We strive to create a non-discriminatory and equitable society.

WHR in Humanitarian Assistance

Based on our Strategic Theme -- Disaster and Humanitarian Response (the 4th Pillar), following were some of the major activities carried out by WHR during the past year, especially in terms of coping with and rehabilitating from the negative impacts of COVID-19:

In the wake of the pandemic, WHR started advocacy and humanitarian support programs aimed at the most vulnerable women of the society by mobilizing its staff both at central and provincial levels, networks, cluster groups and diverted their attention to reach out the maximum number of vulnerable minority groups.

Immediately after the pandemic was declared, WHR and its networks conducted awareness raising campaigns among different groups of vulnerable women and key stakeholders regarding the effects of COVID-19.

Single women groups at the districts were mobilized to coordinate with the local governments and stakeholders for the accessibility of the relief materials to the marginalized women. They were also mobilized in their community to monitor against any violence related cases.

WHR mobilized teams at the community level to conduct awareness at various locations, who were were provided with safety and hygiene kit comprising masks, gloves, face shields, sanitizers and other items as necessary. The beneficiaries were sensitized on different thematic issues, such as hand washing techniques; COVID-19 and its preventive measures; menstrual hygiene; cleanliness and sanitation; seasonal influenza, uterine prolapse; the use of masks and considerations for wearing mask to limit the spread of COVID-19. Sessions on mental well-being were also held time and again.

After the government decided to come up with even stricter lockdown measures from 24 March 2020 to 7 April 2020, WHR submitted memorandum to all three levels of the Government of Nepal (Federal, Provincial and Local) to draw the latter’s attention that mere imposition of prohibitionary measures would cause negative impact on the entire nation, with the people belonging to poor economic backgrounds, daily wage workers and single women particularly affected.

WHR mobilized community women on cash for work basis to prepare hygiene kits, such as cloth mask and sanitary pads. This has a multiple benefits i) Income generating opportunities for community women who have lost their livelihood prospects ii) One sanitary pad could take 500 to 800 years to decompose as the plastic used is non-biodegradable and made up of up to 90 percent plastics, which can lead to health and environmental hazards.

WHR mobilized its first ever female led and managed quarantine/holding center for returnee women migrant workers comprising diversified categories, such as pregnant, mothers-of-newborn and elderly, in close collaboration with the Government of Nepal.

WHR conducted an immediate need assessment survey with all the returnee migrant women aimed at reintegrating and rehabilitating these women and developing recommendations for their sustainable livelihood.

WHR conducted studies and investigations on the causes and consequences of violence against women across all seven provinces. A study was also held on conditions of women without citizenship certificates and the consequences they have been facing due to it.