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Shattering the Shame

by Days for Girls International Vetted since 2011 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified
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

As 2018 comes to a close, we take pause to embrace what was accomplished this year, and to set our eyes on what lies ahead. With your support, Days for Girls was able to reach more than 5,700 women and girls with DfG Kits and women's health education in Kalikot District. More than 83 events were held throughout the district to teach women's health, faciliate discussions around positive coming of age practices, and bring generations together to celebrate the beauty in menstrual health! With a challenging terrain that often requires hours by foot, the training team of Days for Girls Nepal went the extra mile to ensure that your contribution made a meaningful and lasting impact.

And there are no signs of slowing down. In 2019, Days for Girls Nepal and Days for Girls International are excited to work more closely with a local Kalikot-based organization, the Oda Foundation, to nearly triple our impact. Yes, you read that right! The team is already hard at work preparing follow up evaluation surveys for those who received initial distributions and education, as well as coordinating with local communities to set plans in motion for more girls and women reached in the coming year. It's an audacious goal, but with your support and the tireless dedication of trainers in Kalikot district, we can do this!

Singing about menstruation in Kalikot
Singing about menstruation in Kalikot

Singing songs. Hosting debates. Leading interactive quizzes. These are just a few of the creative ways the DfG Nepal team has dreamt up to help shatter stigmas around menstruation in rural Nepal. The traditional practice of Chhaupadi — where girls and women are isolated in small huts during menstruation — continues on in Kalikot district despite being illegal on a national level. While many families recognize the risks of this practice, changing long-held and socially normal practices is not an easy feat.

That’s why the local women leading this charge are perfectly positioned to implement the program. They are using other beautiful cultural practices, such as deudas (traditional songs) to introduce taboo topics around menstruation, and spark vibrant discussions.

Thanks to the support of the GlobalGiving community, The Oda Foundation, and other committed partners, the DfG Nepal team has been able to reach more than 3,923 girls and women so far, and they show no signs of slowing down! And those are just the women and girls that are directly involved in programming. Because so many of their interventions are open to the public, such as the girls’ debate competition, they have been able to indirectly impact more than 2,500 community members. In a place where menstruation has been so silent that women must be banished from their daily lives, the sweet words and melodies of the menstruation-themed deudas are finally shattering through!

Lila leads a focus group with women in Siuna
Lila leads a focus group with women in Siuna

“It is the right of women all over the globe to be allowed to integrate into their society. In order to change this, it is important to change the practice of chhaupadi,” states Lila, the Days for Girls Kalikot Project Manager as she  smiles proudly.

At the core of the Shattering the Shame Project supported by you is an emphasis on developing local leadership. Leaders like Lila who, together with her strong team of eight local women, are working to change the narrative about menstruation. Through women’s circles, health training, community awareness campaigns, and meetings with local leaders, the Kalikot Trainers are shifting the way their community sees menstruation.

This has not been an easy jog.  The Kalikot Trainers hike DfG Kits into some of the most remote hills of mid-Western Nepal, to reach communities that are often left behind and forgotten. For many women and girls, the Kalikot Trainers present the first formal training on menstrual and reproductive health that their community has ever seen. During follow-up visits this spring, women voiced their gratitude to the local leaders and your support. They told stories about being able to stay in school during menstruation, start conversations with their families about menstruation and chhaupadi, and newfound feelings of pride about being female.

Shukla, a DfG Trainer from Sipkhana, started with the Shattering the Shame Project early on and over the course of her time with Days for Girls, she has transformed into a confident and powerful leader in her community.

“Days for Girls have brought a lot of changes in my life…. health training and kit distribution for menstruation management can bring a huge change in rural places like ours. I want to thank Days for Girls because they have given me this opportunity to work as trainer in very young age, which I can utilize all my life.”

Thanks to your support, the Shattering the Shame Project will be able to mobilize local leaders to change the narrative about menstruation from shame to celebration. These local leaders are ready to charge ahead. And we can’t wait to see what they accomplish!

A woman smiles during a Women
A woman smiles during a Women's Circle in Sipkhana

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DfG Kit Distribution

Wow! Thanks to you and 690 other supporters, we came from behind at 5th place and WON! Out of 164 nonprofits, Days for Girls came in FIRST place in the Global Giving Girl Fund Campaign!

What does this mean? It means that Days for Girls and our project in Nepal will be featured prominently for the entire year on Global Giving and more importantly, we can now launch into the next phase with the $26,000 received to reach more girls.

The amazing spirit of the Days for Girls movement comes from you.

Thank you for your passion and dedication to ensure that "Every Girl. Everywhere" has dignity, opportunity and health, PERIOD. 

Together we are turning Periods into Pathways.

With Gratitude, 

Your Days for Girls International Family

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Days for Girls International

Location: Bellingham, WA - USA
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Sarah Webb
Bellingham, WA United States
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