NEPAL: Banishment for women menstruating. Is it driven by religion?

NEPAL: Banishment for women menstruating. Is it driven by religion?

As winter temperatures hit the mountainous regions of Nepal, Nepalese humanitarian and education advocate Ms. Radha Paudel is working to bring critical issues on the lack of safety for women and girls in Nepal to the public, especially on the issue of Nepal’s stubborn acceptance in the practice of Chhaupadi. But the question might be how much of the practice to isolate women during their menses is determined by conservative versions of the Hindu religion in the region?

High in Nepal, a Lowly Status for Women

High in Nepal, a Lowly Status for Women

Kerri MacDonald – New York Times – Wednesday, 23 October 2013 (originally published 21 Oct) A woman crouches in a doorway, hay at her sandaled feet and a cow to her left. She looks ahead, a pained stare on her face. This is where she lives, for now. “She’s not allowed to go back in […]

NEPAL: Emerging from menstrual quarantine

NEPAL: Emerging from menstrual quarantine

Amy Lieberman – IRIN – Friday, 5 August 2011 (originally published 3 Aug)   MANGALSEN, 3 August 2011 (IRIN) – Every month, for one week,14-year-old Kamala Vishwarkarmas returns from school to sleep alone in a dark, windowless mud hut. She is forbidden from entering her family’s house during her menstrual cycle for fear of what […]

Centuries old Nepal banishment ritual endangers girls and women

Centuries old Nepal banishment ritual endangers girls and women

Nepal correspondent Nilima Raut with Shubhi Tandon – WNN Features (WNN) KATHMANDU: The centuries old practice of chhaupadi in Nepal can cause prolonged depression in girls and women. In extreme cases it can also cause death. Chhaupadi pratha, or ritual practice, places Nepali women and girls in a limbo of isolation. In history it is […]