15th Sep 2019, Archana Yadav/Mamta Verma
Nepal is a patriarchal society where men have greater power in decision-making. Women do not generally share information about menstruation with men and boys. At household level men are involved in decision-making on the allocation of household resources. Mostly men don’t discuss menstrual issues with their wives and daughters or provide money for menstrual materials and most of them are generally unaware about menstruation and pads, causing problems when girls had to ask male relatives for money to buy them.
Periods are something women and girls have been having for thousands of years – it’s the reason you and I are even here. And yet around the world, there’s still an element of shame associated with a woman’s monthly cycle. Menstruation is associated with smells, mess, blood, gore, impurity and disgust. Which is probably why many women say they feel uncomfortable talking about their periods. This leads to women suffering in silence when it comes to “that time of the month” – hiding away from what some deem a “dirty secret”
NPL 1060 project has aimed to launch a program of total sanitation in each tole of all wards of respective municipalities (Kalyanpur, Karjanha and Siraha) where changes can be brought in the community. Jamwa Mushari tole, Kalyanpur-04 tole has chosen for piloting the aim of the project to bring forth the desire result. The significance of which was further felt after the flood and our intervention during flood and post flood has help build the trust between communities, local authorities and project team. It is the community acceptance and willingness that has driven the project not otherwise. Motivational factor has played a huge role and with the help of village committee the women are taking leadership role in being the catalyst for change. The villagers have given themselves time up to December 2019 to push their village towards achieving the feat of being first village in Siraha with a tag of Total Sanitation. With that they mean in behavior change and not just infrastructure. However, socio behavior change is a long process and requires rigorous backstopping and Sabal Nepal is as committed as community to make realize their dream and here is the change begins.
SO LETS EMPOWER MEN AND EDUCATE THEM ABOUT PERIOD WHERE OUR SISTER , DAUGHTER CAN OPENLY DEMAND PAD WITH THEIR FATHER , HUSBAND & BROTHERS. IS IT THE CHANGE WHICH WE ARE TRYING TO BRING IN EACH HOUSEHOLD???