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