Menstruation and Hygiene in Nepal
Local Women’s Handicrafts
As it occurs in several Asian countries, there is still a taboo surrounding menstruation and hygiene in Nepal. The old use Chaupadi is still practised. Menstruation is not spoken about and the girls are not getting the neccecary information about what happens and how you deal with hygiene. Often they’re given two extra pairs of underpants or an old Sari and they have to do it with that. With all the consequences. It is therefore also a regularity that young women become sick, have severe infections or even die.
We can’t imagine that in the west, can we?
With not only the girls, but also boys and the parents, we can make a difference in consciousness. We can show that the menstruation cycle is a natural given of which everyone should be aware. Women, but just as important the men. This does lead to counter pressure from the community, mainly with men.
With your donation SCS buys the sanitary packages at LWHNepal which we the distribute to the students and women during the information days. That is how the women of LWHNepal can maintain there job and have a stable income.
A Win/Win situation!
Chhaupadi is a historic Hindu belief in Nepal, in which women are unclean during their menstruation cycle. Although the use was prohibited by the Nepalese court in 2005, the tradition in the west of Nepal is still going for approximately 95% of the population.
It is said that the Hindu gods would tread the community with disaster such as diseases, poor harvest death of cattle and other calamity, if women are staying in their own home. If the women are following the rules, they would seperate themselves from the family in humid huts during their period. During chhaupadi, women are not allowed to touch men, not eat or drink dairy products, not enter their own house or make their own food. What remains is dried food such as salt and rice and water. It i therefor common the they become vulnarable to malnutrition and diseases caused by infections, snake bites or being attacked by larger animals as tigers and other predators..
Foundation Creative Nepal, together with Local Women’s Handicrafts, is working to eradicate this old use. By creating more awareness for both women and men during information days and workshops.
It can’t be that we let this continue for any longer?
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