NEPAL: Women in Chhuaupadi – ADELE BUTLER

Nepali Women and Girls Isolated During Menstruation On the Violence is Not Our Culture site, I read about a ritual practice in Nepal called Chhuaupadi pratha which can cause prolonged depression and even death among girls and women. “Chhau” means menstruation and “padi” – woman. It is a ritual which banishes girls and women during their menstruation. It is dangerous because it also isolates women during and after childbirth. These women are banished fro up to eleven days away from … [Read more...]

Female Genital Cutting (FGM) – Ending in Northern Ethiopia, celebrate!

  Two Districts in Northern Ethiopia  Declare an End to Female Genital Cutting       AFAR, Ethiopia — An official declaration marking the abandonment of female genital cutting was issued recently in the Amibara and the Awash-Fentale districts of Ethiopia’s Afar Region. The effort to abandon cutting started nearly 10 years ago in both districts. In 2008, UNICEF and UNFPA began a joint programme to support that effort in Semera town. The initiative culminated this past November in two separate … [Read more...]

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