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2015 saw a lot of devastation, loss of lives and hardship. Over the past year, so much work has been done to help the country emerge and recover. We all saw how empowered youth continue to play a key role in the recovery efforts. We also saw how and why the dignity and special needs of women and girls should be prioritized at all times, including when a disaster strikes. It doesn’t stop there. We must continue to protect and uphold the dignity of women and girls every day.
This one year report (April 2015-April 2016) — Dignity First — is about what services and support were provided to earthquake-affected people, particularly to address the Sexual and Reproductive Health needs of women and girls as well as prevent and respond to Gender-based violence. It’s also about key lessons we learned from the earthquake.
This report is the result of strong leadership from the government of Nepal, generous support from many development partners and great support and collaboration from many implementing agencies and partners as well as young people. UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is truly grateful to all of them.
UNFPA Nepal looks forward to a continued collaboration with the government, parliamentarians, donors, partner organizations, civil society and young people to support Nepal to stay resilient.