Category: Rural women

Policy is Urgently required for redressing #Chhaupadi, #menstrualrestriction

by Radha Paudel

Round table Discussion at Annapurna Post July 21, 2017 Round Table Discussion at Annapurna Post, July 21, 2017Add caption National Human Right Commission at July 20, 2017 July 22, 2017Add caption Annapurna Post, July 22, 2017

#Shed, #Chhaupadi, #Achham, #Dailekh, #Kailali, #Menstruation

by Radha Paudel

Often I think, my blood is all about menstrual blood, my breath all about menstrual blood and I am thinking , working, writing, doing etc. about menstruation associated with Human Right, Peace, Empowerment, SDGs WASH in many ways.  Just about a week ago I was in Dailekh for same and I have few photos of […]

Dialogue: Shed for Menstruation

by Radha Paudel

 Clean Sheds during Menstruation:  While walking through the villages to villages in Dailekh, I met Kamala (name changed), married, adolescent girl. She smiled and pointed the shed and shared, ‘my sister in law and myself started to use my maternal shed during menstruation because shed of maternal house is clean than here’.  Kamala’s father was […]

Letter to Political leaders on #MHM

by Radha Paudel

स्थानिय तहका नेतृत्वलाई चिठी   पश्चिम नेपालका सम्पूर्ण नगर र गाउपालिकका जितेका र जित्दै गरेकाहरुमा नमस्कार, बधाई तथा शुभकामना ! तपाईंहरु चुनाबी मैदानमा दौडिरहदा म पनि तिनै मैदानमा तर तपाईंहरुले बिर्सेंको बिषयको खोजकालागि असिन पसिन थिए। हुन त मैले उठान गर्न खोजेको बिषय तपाईंको राजनीतिक यात्राा वा तपाईंकोपाटिको यात्रा भन्दा पुरानो  हो । जतीखेर यो ब्रमान्डमा महिला र पुरुषको सृस्‍टि भयो त्यतिखेरबाट नैसृस्‍टि वा समाजलाई बचाइ राख्न प्रकृतिले महिलहरुलाई मात्र प्रदान गरेको बरदान हो यो। तरदुर्भाग्य नै मान्नुपर्छ यसले न राजनीति, न समाज सेबा न मानबअधिकार कतै पनि ठाउँ पाएन र अहिले सगरमाथा पनि लाजले झुकेको छ भने गौतम बुद्धको ज्ञान अधुरो बनेको छ अनि सिता र भिर्कुटिहरुआज पनि अपमानित छन विश्वभरी नै।  सन २०१४ शुरुतिरको कुरा हो बैंकक एअरपोर्टमा साथीहरु कुरेर बसेका थिए। एउटा दुब्लो, अग्लो, कालो बेव्यक्तिले मैले म नेपालबाट आएको भन्नै नपाउदै बोल्यो –म तिमीले दु:ख नमान्ने भए  एउटा कुरासोध्न चाहन्छु, के त राजी छस् ? राजी नहुनु पर्ने कुरै केही थिएन जस्तो लाग्यो, बडो गौरबका साथ हुन्छको सहमति मात्र दिईन, सोझै जबाफ पनि दिए।ए तिमीले मेरो देशमा संबिधान बनेको छैन भनेकोहोला, हामी यही बस्दाबस्दै मेरो देशले संबिधान प्राप्त गर्नेछ, नेताहरु बार्ता गरिरहेका छन, अब धेरबेर छैन । मेरो देशको चिन्ता गरेकोमा धन्यवाद , म अलिक मुस्कुरएको र अनुग्रहित भएको मुद्रमाप्रस्तुत भए। उस्ले झन कालो हुँदै, बडो हतार गरेर भन्यो, हैन हैन, मैले राजनीति सोधेको हैन, मलाई संबिधानको प्रगतिको बारेमा न जानकारी छ न इच्छा नै । मैले सोध्न खोजेको कुरा अर्कै हो। म अलिकअलमल अनि  केही डराए तापनि  भने, कृपया सोधन, त्यस्तो के हो, मलाई केही फरक पर्दैन। उसलेअलि लर्बराएको स्वरमा, मलाई सम्मान गर्दै भन्यो – तिम्रो देशमा त तिमीहरुलाई त महिनाबारी भएकोबेला गाई बस्तुसँग राख्दो रहेछ आज पनि मैले बि बि सि मा हेरेको ?मेरो ठुलो स्वस्वर कता भासियो कता, मेरो छाती यसरी खुम्चियोकी, मैले अनुमान लगाउनै सकिन। जीपमा संगै जान भनेर बसेकाअरु देशका सहभागि पनि थिए मैले केबल भुइ मात्र पछाइ रहे।  यती मात्रै कहाँ हो र, म अमेरिकामा थिए सन २०१६ को अन्त्यतिर। मलाई एकैचोटि खबर आयोबेलायत र अमेरिकाबाट, फेसबुक, इमैल, सबै तिर एकै खबर। खोलेर हेरे– अछामामा छाउपडी गोठमामृत्‍यु भएका १५ बर्षे छोरी र २१ बर्षे  आमा। मलाई भन्दा पहिले उनीहरुले पाए । मैले पढे , रिस र माया एकै चोटि भेलियेर आयो, छाती फुट्ला,फुट्ला जस्तो भयो। रिस यो मानेमा उठ्यो कि पश्चिम नेपालले महिला नेता  जन्मायो तर ति स्वरुप्मा मात्र भए , ति शायद महिनाबरी भएनन कि ? माया यो मानेमा लाग्यो कि मेरी खाउ खाउ र लाउ लाउ कि छोरी मात्र मरिन, सुत्केरी बच्चा छोडेर  अर्की छोरी पनि गैगैगेई । मैले यहि  चिट्ठी लेख्न बाहेक केही गर्न सकिन।  अघिल्लो महिना जब पाटिहरुले हान्थाप गरेर घोषणा पत्र जारी गरे मैले बडो उत्सहाका साथ् नेपालीकङ्रेश, ने क प एमाले , माओबादी को घोषणा पत्र पढे  तर एकदम निरश भए। सबै पाटिमा एक से एक महिला छन, विज्ञहरु छन तर यो छाउपडी बार्दा पर्ने अल्पकलिन, दिर्घकालिन समस्याका बारेमा महिलाले पनि केही गरेनन। आधा भन्दा बढी जनसंख्या ससमेट्ने महिलाहरुको जैबिक गुन तर सिङोसमाजकै अपरिहर्य बिषयलाई कसैले पनि सोचेनन।  दिक्क मात्रै लागेन, उनीहरुप्रतिको सम्मानको उचाइ स्वात्तै घट्यो। हुन […]

The Dark Side of My Peace Journey

by Radha Paudel

Due to my personal background, I do not have anything in public till mid 2012 though I am working socially since childhood. I engaged fund raising program since primary school through Junior Red Cross Circle. Since 1994, I voluntarily taught the children of sweepers and doctors at Bharatpur hospital. I also started to work in […]

Radha’s Experience on Dignified Menstruation and Menstrual Health Management (MHM) and Rghts

by Radha Paudel

·         2013 onwards, Key Informant for Global researchers, film makers on MHM and Rights  restrictions, policies, barriers/challenges and activism ·         2013 onwards, spoke with international media for documentary/films, newspapers, radio etc. such as  Guardian, Discovery, Home Bird, Germany, BNN Netherland, South Korea, Canada, Vergina Loaf Netherland etc. ·         2017, Member for Policy on MHM, Ministry […]

Myths, Rumours, Misconceptions around Menstruation

by Radha Paudel

I have been working around menstrual hygiene and rights since childhood. I have very long and interesting stories on how and why I engaged. I have identified various forms of restrictions,myths, misconceptions though like to share here. Hope you  will like this.  1.       The menstrual blood was mixed in the Bhang (The special food of […]

#MHM practices in Nepal, a Technical review

by Radha Paudel

Comments on Review of all Technical Papers[1] 1.    It is my great pleasure and privilege to work as Coordinator for Technical review committee. I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to Ministry of Water and Sanitation as well as WSSCC, National Chapter for trusting and of course my team members; Priya, Kalawati, […]

Cross-Section of Menstrual Polices and Practices in Nepal, Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation

by Radha Paudel

This Presentation was prepared for National Consultative Workshop on MHM (Menstrual Health Management) in Nepal organized by Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation, February 9-10, 2017 at Training Institute of Water Supply and Sanitation, Nagarkot. I was in Bangkok for N-Peace Award so I supposed to deliver by online but no signal appeared from Nepal […]

ॠषि पञ्चमिमा बाजेको सम्झना

by Radha Paudel

आज कृष्ण अस्टमी चितवनमा बिरामी परेर भर्ना भएकाबालाई भन्दा पनि बाजुरामा करीबदुई महिना अघी भेटियेका बाजेलाईखुबै सम्झे। तेही नियास्रो मेटाउनलाईयो कोसेली पस्केको छु। मरी मरीफोन लगाउन कोशीस गरे तर पटककैजोडीएन। अर्को मनले चित्त बुझाये, हैन बाजे पूजा लगाउन्बेस्त छन होला ।यो पनि सम्झे उनले  अबको पाचौदिनमा ॠषि पञ्चमिको पनिपूजा लगाउchhan। भबिस्योतार पुरान अनुसार  ॠषि पञ्चमी […]