In response, IOM, in partnership with the Conflict Victims Common Platform, has launched a project: “Empowering Conflict Related Sexual Violence Survivors to Effectively Assert their Rights on Services and Justice” in Kailali, one of the affected districts.
Funded by UN Women and Finland, the project focuses on capacity building for conflict-related sexual violence survivors. It will ensure that they have access to the government’s relief programme, including health, legal, psychosocial and livelihood services.
“We have been working closely with the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction in the field of reparations, victims’ assistance and transitional justice,” said IOM Nepal programme manager Jitendra Bohara. “We also have been continuously advocating that all relevant stakeholders adhere to Nepal’s commitment to international treaties, agreements and laws.”
Last year IOM, with UNFPA, formulated case management protocol for the provision of services to survivors of sexual abuse in Nepal. This provides practical advice on how to design and carry out ethical and victim-centred case management and is a guide to the eventual standardization of existing and new data.