The project is aimed at 120,000 households in three of Nepal's 75 districts: Okhaldhunga – a priority region for the SDC severely hit by the earthquake in early 2015 – and Udayapur and Sindhuli, where UNFPA is also supporting other projects.
An initial survey of 1,618 households gathered insights into what and how much people know about gender-based violence (GBV). 408 men and 1,210 women were interviewed.
Violence against women is a fact of daily life
The results of the survey speak for themselves: 87% of women and 97% of men say they have heard of cases of violence against women and girls. Domestic violence, rape, including marital rape and sexual harassment in public places, and polygamy are the most common reports. Other studies in Nepal have concluded that at least one in five women in Nepal has experienced violence. It is generally believed that the high suicide rate among women of child-bearing age is associated with violence against women.