Nepal, a Least Developed Country (LDC) characterized by slow economic growth, socio-economic underdevelopment, and a low level of human development, is emerging from a politically and socially fragile post-conflict era, structural poverty and inequality, and deeply entrenched forms of social exclusion.
Despite political commitments and a progressive legal and policy framework, GBV has long been a challenge in Nepal. The 2011 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) revealed that one in five women of reproductive age (15 – 49) reported a lifetime experience of physical violence and more than one in ten experience sexual violence. 35% of women aged 45-49 had experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, compared with 21% of women aged 15-19.
Disturbingly, GBV is a major reason that suicide is the leading cause of death among Nepali women of reproductive age.
In, 2007 Apeiron established CASANepal, a safe home to provide Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration (the three R’s) to survivors of GBV. Since its establishment, CASANepal has evolved and added a fourth R, Referral services, in order to provide complete and holistic support to those we serve.
Casa Nepal has hosts more than 100 survivors of gender based violence every year and provides rehabilitation services as well as skill development trainings for women to be independent and avoid getting re-victimized.
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