Nepal pledged for more gender equality and the empowerment of women since it participated in the
Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and committed to the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA)
during 1995. This National Review Report highlights on the results achieved, constrains/challenges,
emerging issues and recommendations in relations to the implementation of BPfA.
Overall, Nepal has made fair progress in the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of
women since the adoption of BPfA and the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly. First
and foremost, there is an increasing realization that gender equality is a key component of human
development. Furthermore, gender equality has been conceived as an important factor of poverty
reduction and such awareness has been reflected not only in codes, laws and rules but also in receptive
nature of the government towards various discourses and practices of development.