Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI)
The cross-cutting area of "Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI)" within CLEAN UP NEPAL represents a steadfast commitment to building an inclusive and equitable society where no one is left behind. CLEAN UP NEPAL recognizes that environmental sustainability and waste management efforts must be sensitive to the diverse needs, rights, and contributions of all individuals, regardless of gender, disability, or social background.
Gender equality is a fundamental principle of human rights and a cornerstone of sustainable development. CLEAN UP NEPAL understands that gender disparities can exacerbate environmental challenges, and women often play a vital role in waste management and community resilience. To address this, the organization promotes gender-responsive programs that empower women to take on leadership roles, access education, and actively participate in environmental conservation and waste management initiatives. Furthermore, gender-sensitive approaches ensure that women have equal access to resources and decision-making processes, fostering an inclusive and empowering environment.
Persons with disabilities constitute a significant portion of the population, and their unique perspectives and needs must be acknowledged. CLEAN UP NEPAL's GEDSI initiatives prioritize disability inclusion by making programs and infrastructure accessible. This involves ensuring that facilities and materials are disability-friendly, providing accessible information and communication, and actively involving individuals with disabilities in environmental decision- making. Through these efforts, CLEAN UP NEPAL fosters an inclusive and barrier-free environment that recognizes the value of diversity.
CLEAN UP NEPAL's commitment to social inclusion extends beyond gender and disability. It encompasses marginalized and vulnerable groups such as ethnic minorities, indigenous communities, and other socially disadvantaged populations. These groups often face unique environmental challenges and disparities in waste management services. CLEAN UP NEPAL adopts an inclusive approach that strives to understand and address the specific needs and concerns of these communities. By actively engaging with and empowering these groups, the organization ensures that its environmental and waste management initiatives are culturally sensitive and relevant.