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Briefing paper
18 November 2019

Narratives of change and challenges in overcoming discriminatory gender norms and practices in Nepal

Author: Carol Watson, Anita Ghimire, Tulasha Khadka
Published by: ALIGN
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This briefing highlights key findings from ALIGN research conducted in Nepal in 2019 on gender norms and experiences of norm change. As part of the 'History and Change' research series, the piece highlights key findings from interviews with 51 study participants (43 women and 8 young men) interrogating the experiences of change in Nepal. Participants identify a number of positive changes in discriminatory gender norms and practices in Nepal, and identify a number of factors contributing to these changes, while highlighting challenges and limitations in progress so far. Particularly 'sticky' norms that persist include norms around 'purity' and women's differentiated roles in family and society.