The adolescents in rural areas of Nepal often receive very little information about puberty and menstruation. This is often due to traditional cultural beliefs, deeply rooted stigma and many taboos around menstruation in Nepali society, which can lead many women to believe they are in some way ‘impure’ or ‘unclean’ during menstruation. Many girls miss significant time at school, or drop out altogether, due to the onset of menstruation and lack of access to clean, private toilets and sanitary hygiene products. This can have life-long consequences and BNMT is addressing the problem through improving education about sexual health, providing sanitary hygiene products and upgrading school toilet facilities in Sindhupalchowk district.
The Butterfly project aims to enhance school-based education about menstruation and ways to manage it via utilization of Menstrupedia comic book guide to periods. We are partnering with Putali Nepal to provide the comic and expert-led classes to grades 5-7 in schools of Indrawati municipality, Sindhupalchowk district, in addition to the standard government curriculum. We will assess the impact of the comic on knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) amongst the students.
This work has been kindly supported by a personal donation from our ex-trustee, Mr Frank Guthrie.
Adolescent girls and boys