Women's Reproductive Rights Program (WRRP) is working to educate girls on issues that affect their reproductive rights such as chaupadi, menstruation, child marriage, and uterine prolapse. Your support will not only provide materials to make washable sanitary pads available for 70 local school girls, but also provide training on menstrual hygiene and reproductive health. In return, these girls will be empowered to complete their education and deny early marriage.
In Nepal, when girls experience their period, they often miss school, causing them to fall behind in their studies and eventually drop out. Without an education, the girls are forced into marriage at an early age, which is an underlying cause of uterine prolapse. It is a condition that causes a woman's uterus to literally hang out of her body, causing enormous physical and emotional pain. Women are afraid to speak about it because of fear of being stigmatized by their community.
WRRP seeks to empower school girls by teaching them about menstrual and sexual health, so that they don't have to miss classes and fall behind or drop out of school. With the knowledge they will gain through trainings, they will be able to stand up for their reproductive rights and have chance to stand up against child marriage. As a result, the girls will also be able to break the confines of gender discrimination and raise their educational and socio-economic level.
Women will no longer have to hide in shame or be isolated during the time they get their period. Girls in Nepal will have access to continuous education, which then has a positive effect for the future generation of women. They will also regain their dignity and gain their right to control their own life and make informed personal choices without coercion about menstruation, marriage and reproduction.
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