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Shattering the Shame

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Shattering the Shame
Shattering the Shame
Shattering the Shame
Shattering the Shame
Shattering the Shame
Shattering the Shame
Shattering the Shame
Shattering the Shame
Shattering the Shame
Shattering the Shame
Shattering the Shame

Summary

In the remote hills of western Nepal, girls are often isolated to cattle sheds or small huts each month during their periods, as part of a cultural practice called chhaupadi. Not only do they face embarrassment over menstruation, but they are often faced with the threat of extreme weather, poisonous snakes, and attacks by wild animals. Days for Girls is changing that narrative from one of shame to celebration. A local Training Team of Nepali girls and women are leading the charge.

$75,000
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18
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10
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Challenge

The cultural practice of chhaupadi, based on Hindu tradition, has been around for centuries, and communities are reluctant to shift away from strongly-held beliefs relating to menstruation. As a result, girls miss out on opportunities each month, often missing school to participate in chhaupadi, facing health risks due to the extreme isolation they experience while in the huts, and lacking the knowledge that they need to care for their bodies.

Solution

Days for Girls is building pathways for opportunity in Nepal with a locally led team leading the charge. Through talking circles, women's health curriculum, awareness campaigns, and the distribution of DfG Kits (washable pads that last between 2-3 years), we are changing the narrative. Girls and women are starting a conversation about menstruation, creating access to solutions to menstrual health management, and empowering others throughout western Nepal to make their own health choices.

Long-Term Impact

Shifting the dialogue about cultural tradition and long-held beliefs is a challenging process, and DfG is in it for the long-run. By empowering a local leadership team, DfG has identified a group of girls and women who will continue to lead these conversations with communities throughout western Nepal, leading change from within. The local Training Team will continue to lead awareness campaigns, host Talking Circles, and partner with local schools to ensure that girls have access to information.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.DaysforGirls.org
Days for Girls International
Days for Girls Nepal

Organization Information

Days for Girls International

Location: Bellingham, WA - USA
Website:
Project Leader:
Sarah Webb
Bellingham, WA United States
$31,735 raised of $75,000 goal
 
935 donations
$43,265 to go
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