Culture Clash: Menstruation taboos and ODF in Nepal

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Many Nepalese women face a discriminatory practice during their menstruation, popularly known as Chhaupadi practice. In the Far-West, adolescent girls and women are confined in a small hut (‘chhau hut’) or livestock quarters, as they are considered impure. The chhaupadi practice is a social tradition that prevents women from participating in normal family or communal activities during their menstruation.One of the main concerns for any WASH-related project is that menstruating women are not allowed to use the same water resources and sanitation facilities as other family or community members, which can result in poor and unsafe personal hygiene. The Rural Village Water Resources Management Project has started to address this issue as part of its CLTS activities.

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Date: 13 December 2013
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Nepal
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