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?

Education through water santition can save lives in Nepal

Education through water santition can save lives in Nepal

WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) Kathmadu, NEPAL: Insufficient, fragmented and misdirected investment in the water and sanitation sector has hindered the fight against diarrhoea, leaving it one of Nepal’s leading child killers despite hundreds of millions of dollars having been invested, say practitioners. While health programming has helped reduce the severity and fatality of diarrhoea among children […]

Women farmers in Nepal need new agricultural technologies

Women farmers in Nepal need new agricultural technologies

WNN MDG Stories (WNN/GDN) Kathmandu, NEPAL: Most of Nepal‘s agriculture is undertaken by women, but research tailored to their needs is lacking. “We need new technologies that can reduce the drudgery for them,” said Devendra Gauchan, agricultural economist and chief of the socioeconomics and agri-research policy division at the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (Narc). Agriculture supports the […]

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 […]