Nepalese girls take pictures to highlight taboos around periods

Source: WaterAid - UK - Fri, 27 May 2016 10:30 AM
Author: WaterAid - UK-based INGO
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Teenage Nepalese girls from Sindhuli, 130 kilometres southeast from Kathmandu, took photos to document the restrictions girls face during their period as a part of a project by international charity WaterAid to challenge menstrual taboos and call for improved sanitation for women everywhere.

The photos reveal that eating with the family, staying in their own home or looking in the mirror are all forbidden for girls during their period because menstruating women are considered "impure" or "contaminated".

The stigma that surrounds periods in countries across the world, such as Nepal, compounded by limited access to water, good sanitation and hygiene, has a detrimental impact on girl's education, mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Menstrual Hygiene Day, which aims to raise awareness about the issue, takes place on May 28.