In the pretext that Conflict Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) was perpetrated by all parties during the decade-long armed conflict in Nepal, however, many survivors are reluctant to be vocal due to the fear of stigmatization and other threats and no guarantee of service. In response, IOM initiated a project entitled, “Strengthening the capacity of the Government of Nepal to address Conflict Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) in the National Action Plan (NAP) Second Phase on UNSCRs 1325 and 1820” from June  - November 2017 in five selected conflict affected districts of Nepal. The project engaged with GoN- MoPR, conflict victims including CRSV survivors and related stakeholders by creating an enabling environment for discussion on the issue of CRSV and ensured victims’ rights of access to services and justice through the second phase of the government’s NAP on 1325 and 1820. It also strengthened the capacity of conflict victim group in providing inputs on the government’s policy and plan through an inclusive and participatory process to focus on gender responsiveness, victim-centric and gender sensitive transitional justice for conflict affected victims and survivors of CRSV.

The project was part of UN Women Nepal’s  Advancing Resilience and Empowerment of Women and Girls (ARE) Project and was in line with the UN position on CRSV. The project contributed to the focus on CRSV in the second phase of the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) on implementing United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1325 and 1820.