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Nepal government to organize international campaign to promote dignified menstruation

(File Photo: In this photograph taken on February 3, 2017, Nepalese woman Pabitra Giri prepares to sleep in a Chhaupadi hut during her menstruation period in Surkhet District, some 520km west of Kathmandu. The practice of banning women from the home when they are menstruating is linked to Hinduism and considers women untouchable at this time. They are banished from the home — barred from touching food, religious icons, cattle and men — and forced into a monthly exile sleeping in basic huts. Chhaupadi was banned a decade ago, but new legislation currently before parliament will criminalise the practice, making it a jailable offence to force a women to follow the ritual. / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMA / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Nepal-women-religion-society, FEATURE by Annabel SYMINGTON (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

KATHMANDU: The government has intensified a campaign against Chhaupadi (a cultural practice that banishes menstruating women and new mothers from homes for certain days) mostly pervasive in some districts in the mid-west and far-west of Nepal.
The Ministry of Women, Children, and Senior Citizens has scheduled the ‘International Workshop on Dignified Menstruation’ from coming May 26 to 28. Speaking at a press meet at the Ministry today, Minister Parbat Gurung informed that researchers, menstrual health rights activists, government representatives and policy makers from several 20 countries would be participating in the workshop to be organised on the occasion of second National Women Rights Day which is celebrated in the 16th of Jestha every year.
The theme of the workshop is ‘Dignified Menstruation, Menstrual Talk Dignity First’ aims to realise the mass that ‘every individual deserve dignity during menstruation’.
Several aspects relating to menstruation, an end to menstruation ban from kitchen to parliament, sexual and reproductive health rights, religious belief in regard with menstruation, menstruation hygiene and Chhaupadi related act, law and policy are agenda of discussions in the event.
On the occasion, Minister Gurung spoke the need of treating menstruation from the human rights perspective to achieve gender equality.
As he said, the government has intensified a campaign to eliminate Chhaupadi as per the government plan to build a civilised a society by ending all sorts of discriminations.

Published Date: Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 | 07:17 AM

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