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Menaka Hamal

Gender Associate for Gender Atlas, Livelihoods

My role at ICIMOD

Within the Livelihoods Theme team, as a Gender Associate for the development of our Gender Atlas, my role is to collect, review, tabulate and consolidate various gender data from the HKH in various parameters such as demography, literacy and education, health, life longevity, employment/work – organized and unorganised – household headship, property ownership, political participation, across the region from existing government publications; analyse and propose possible ways to present the data;  collaborate with our MENRIS team to present data using GIS and to set up the Gender Atlas online; to prepare infographics and other presentations and to support the gender team on various activities.

Menaka Hamal

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

A:

I protect the pulse of the planet through my work in developing a Gender Atlas which will help to identify the gender gaps across the HKH countries and promises to be a very useful tool to critically inform policy making in the region, where women and children are most vulnerable.  With about two billion people at the top of the world, the HKH has diverse political, governance and economic systems and is inhabited by people with diverse socio-cultural practices. In this context, gender inequalities exist in so many places.

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What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

A:

I enjoy most working with data and people in ICIMOD: consolidating, analyzing and presenting data sets, using ArcGIS and other software packages for data visualizing, working with professionals and scientists, learning advanced data analysis tools and techniques, and the friendly working environment.

Q:

What are you passionate about?

A:

Being a mountain woman from Mugu district in the Far West region of Nepal with professional and personal experiences in gender, social inclusion, natural resources issues and representation related to mountains, I am particularly passionate about using GIS and data visualization tools to highlight those issues.

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My qualifications

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I completed a Master’s degree in natural resource management from Pokhara University, Nepal and a Bachelor’s degree from Kumaon University in India. I am currently pursuing an MSc in geographical information science and systems from the University of Salzburg, Austria.

I’ve worked in Mugu and other remote districts in Western Nepal in various capacities including with the Nepal-based World Food Programme of the UN’s Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Unit, and within ICIMOD as a Gender GIS and NRM Associate.

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