Radha was Afro-Asiatisches Institut Salzburg, Austria
Radha Paudel delivered a lecture at Afro-Asiatisches Institut Salzburg, in April 12, 2018. She primarily discussed about monthly exile in Nepal and its dimensions:
i) Purity Vs, Impurity,
ii) Visible Vs Invisible,
iii) Private Vs Public
iv) its connection with Peace, Human Right, Empowerment and SDGs and
v) Dignified Menstruation
The Chhaupadi movie also screened and discussed.
In other hand, this discussion was an avenue to discuss menstrual practice in Austria. The participants shared the following impressions about menstrual practice;
- Children learn at school about menstruation and girls usually know about menstruation when it starts
- Still, most teenager perceive it as embarrassing and hide their menstrual products and that they are having their period,
- Women are expected to run smoothly during their period, it should be invisible,
- No pain, no blood, no mood swings are accepted in society or during work,
- If a woman is angry or irritated, men often make fun of her and ask, if she is on her period, so they don´t have to take her serious,
- Many women suffer from PMS, Endometriosis and other symptoms, they have to take pain killers and stay at home from work.