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The major founders of the society are women but even though they haven’t achieved equality with men.

Women in Europe and North America have made considerable progress toward equality with men.

Among world’s 1.3 billion poor people, its estimated that nearly 70 percent are women. More than billion women lives in poor, rural areas. Women participation in every sector is relatively low.

The condition of women in Nepal is vigorously horrendous. When whole world is walking along with ideas of feminism, women in Nepal is still struggling for their basic human right. More than 60 percent of women populace in Nepal are illiterate and are never expose to better opportunity. The problem has been there for ages and still continues with a very effective clasp to the society.

These problems are present in households, in educational institutions, at work, in society and at every possible corner in the country changing shapes according to the cultural values and economical standards.

The status of women in Nepal differs according to various factors like caste, economy, religion, geographical regions and also the society where they live in. Women in most of the community of Nepal are still treated as inferior and bears no rights to the parental property. They are rarely involved in decision making of family as well as nation.

They are hesitate to make political stance. Though these days new program has been held to increase women participation in various sectors. Reservation and empowerment program for women can be found in article of constitution of Nepal to encourage women however, it’s not well implemented in field.

With present gender based discrimination regarding menstruation, the society for women rights is still heaving in a dark abyss of orthodox belief. The major problems for women in Nepal are dowry, child marriage, domestic violence, gender based inequality and social taboos including taboos regarding menstruation i.e., Chaupaddi, untouchability.

Among all the social problems existing in the country we choose to work for abolishing the taboo named Chaupaddi as a step toward the women. We are working on Project Menstruation, which provides women empowerment through workshops, trainings, educational and public awareness classes. Our team is teaching women and men about health and sexual health in different villages, providing them workshops on sewing reusable menstruation pads and trainings as small scale industries exposing them towards a sustainable future.

Educate

Educate about menstruation taboo.


Work

Workshop for income generation.


Organize

Organize V.I.A. test camps.

 

Menstrual Taboo

One of the most burning infamous social problem is menstruation. The taboo is an old orthodox belief which has grasped the society to its base.

The topic of menstruation in Nepal is strongly associated with social and cultural taboo and restrictions for women. Some of these cultural and social stigmas lead to exclusion of women from the society and the daily living. The Hindu faith considers menstruating women as being impure and polluted and they are often isolated as “untouchables”. In plenty Nepalese areas women are not allowed to enter the house, touch anything holy, touch or look into a man’s eyes or eat the same food during the period of menstruation.

Menstruation Taboo is affecting physical, social and psychological aspects of women. According to the Hindu faith menstruation is a punishment from gods following the sins a women did in her past life. This state of mind clearly make uneducated women think they are below the man and is degrading their self confidence, also school girls grow up following the same belief . Some girls are prevented from going to school which cause a significant gender knowledge gap.

In addition many women in Nepal can’t afford buying disposable sanitary products.It’s not an eco-friendly option so they have to use old clothes, newspaper or even nothing at all. This creates an insanitary feeling about their body, causes immobility and increases the risk of infections. Moreover after the devastating earthquake in April 25th 2015, the rate of homelessness and poverty worsened the hygienic situation in Nepal and raised the need for improvement.

 

Chhaupadi

In rural western areas a cruel practice called “Chhaupadi” is still common. Even though outlawed by Nepal’s Supreme Court in 2005 it is still observed in some rural areas of western Nepal. Chhaupadi (Chhau or Chhui means untouchable) describes the practice of segregating menstruating women from their houses and men, sending them away for days in isolation, living in a cattle shed. When a girl is menstruating for the first time, this tradition lasts between ten to eleven days. In the meantime nobody comes to talk to her explaining what’s happening with her and her body. Thereafter the duration is between four and seven days each month.

Considered impure women are not allowed to prepare or consume food, enter the kitchen, socialize, travel, touch or look at men. It’s forbidden to consume milk, yogurt, butter, meat or other animal product as the tradition says the animal will never give milk again if the woman eats its product while menstruating. Not being allowed to face the sunlight they have to wait till darkness comes to leave the shed for the first time and wash themselves every night no matter if it’s winter or summer, not being allowed to use a blanket afterwards.

Society says that the gods will become angry and punish menstruating women and their family, if they try to contaminate their houses, by destroying their land and lives. If a woman touches a tree it will never again bear fruit, if she stays in the house, snakes will come, and if she touches a man it will cause illness. Besides, the girls are not allowed to attend school during menstruation which causes a significant lack of education, considering the cumulated days they miss school during one year. After giving birth, women are supposed to be in a ten to eleven day confinement.


Even though there is no scientific evidence that menstrual blood is unclean or dangerous the cultural norm persists in the minds of many men and women and so the practice continues