About Us

A taboo free, safe, healthy and respectful society for women and girls to live in.

Juneli Nepal was born after devastating earthquake on April,2015. Our Initial mission was to give urgent relief to earthquake victims by providing food, temporary shelter, clean drinking water, warm clothes, zinc sheets and many more. It was officially registered later on 2016 by group of socially active and committed professionals like Engineers, Gynecologist, BSW students and social workers.

During the quick relief program, encountered lots of social problems, rules and regulation, taboos mostly inflicted upon women populace. Among lots of social problems related women like Dowry, Chhaupadi (menstruation taboo), Domestic violence, Girls trafficking, child marriage and many more Juneli Nepal’s for now prominent focus has been centered against eradication of Menstruation Taboo and to encourage women love and respect themselves and also maintain health and hygiene.

Birth of Juneli Nepal Juneli in Nepali is Moonlight and can be described as enlightenment of the path in the Darkness. In many cultures the regular appearance, growth and subsequent disappearance of the moon is seen as a symbol of the female cycle.

The main objective of the organization is to break the silence and guide women along their path just like the moon as the primary night light in the sky and show them a way into a strong and self-determined future.

 

Objectives

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    Aims to provide women education, empowerment and employment.

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    To reduce and prevent violence against women, harmful blind faith and child marriage.

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    To stop deficient practices and superstitious beliefs within the medium of education.

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    To improve the education sector, especially within poor communities, where the schooling facilities are highly scarce.

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    To increase the life standards of women through facilitating access to job market, schooling and proper hygiene.

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    To build one or more centers for vulnerable women protection.

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    To hold seminars, workshops, events and health camps for the improvement of health condition of women and to reduce exposure to health risks or preventable death.

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    To contribute to improving the life standards of children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds such as disabled, orphan or poor children by providing support to the community, or respectively to the mothers.

 

Among all the burning problems in the society Juneli Nepal’s prominent focused has been centered on abolishing of the Superstitious belief and practice named “Chaupaadi”. It is one of the most integral problem in our society which has a root cause and effect. Our project has three main functional entities


Educate

Educate about menstruation taboo.


Work

Workshop for income generation.


Organize

Organize V.I.A. test camps.

 

We Teach

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 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.

So, Juneli Nepal one main objective is to educate the role of Nepalese girls and women to stop deficient practices and superstitious beliefs through Education . By teaching women about health, common diseases, hygiene, female body, menstruation and women’s rights they can hopefully improve the perception about their own body and give up on outdated ideas of cultural habits.

In governmental schools in rural areas the system of education is very poor and no modern educational technique is ever introduced. In context of health education, we figured out that most of the teachers escape the chapter regarding menstruation and reproductive organs and most of them don’t explain the procedure.

As feeling a necessity upon these crucial topics, our organization focuses on teaching girls about their body to increase their self respect and hygiene. This will help increase the school enrollment and assure the conditions for full classes attendance. We will also teach boys about menstruation, helping them understand that it is not a taboo and encourage them to support their mothers, sisters and all the other women in their society. Education awareness campaigns will be carried out in remote and uneducated communities for the adult females in order to solve the taboo against menstruation.

 

We Train

We train women’s to sew re-usable menstruation pads, and to make handicrafts products to uplift the life standard. Women in rural villages are mostly involved in household activities and Agriculture. They don’t have job or any income generating skills as most of them are uneducated. They are not able to buy basic need for their family even can’t afford buying disposable sanitary products. It’s not an eco-friendly option though. 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.

Seeing the necessity in this area we have been facilitating more access to the market to teach women how to build reusable, environmental friendly menstrual pads along with workshops about health and hygiene. Every woman gets materials to sew two pads of different sizes for heavy and light menstruation flow. This activity will also be beneficial for the women who wish to build and sell pads to generate an income.

We also identify the local income generating resources and conduct activities that will explore women’s skills. These activities will take place within women cooperatives, mother committees or women clubs. We also have planned to train women with different income generating skills like making handicraft, candles, incense etc. also training them with modern technique of agriculture production.

 

We Organize

VIA stands for “visual Inspection with Acetic acid”. In many developing countries and in areas with few financial resources for medical testing and treatment, cervical cancer screening can be problematic. That is why doctors have developed this test. Through VIA test camp doctor can directly see lesions and other changes in the cervix that are large enough to, presumably , need treatment. This is one of the cost effective and easy method for cervical cancer screening. In near future we have planned to organize many camps in rural areas of Nepal.

Juneli Nepal has already done VIA test camp in fulbari village of Kavre District in support of different private, Government and non-profitable organization. Total beneficiaries were 329. Among them 12 were found with problem of Uterus prolapsed.