What is Chaupadi?
The practice of Chaupadi comes from an old Hindu tradition that considers menstruation to be "impure" and a health hazard. This belief was once rational as women in the older days lacked sanitary ways to manage their menstruation. Hence, they were not allowed to engage in household activities (cooking, cleaning etc) while menstruating. However, in today's era of modernity, this practice bears no rational relativity. Yet, women in Western Nepal are forced to pay for their womanhood in the form of exile and banishment. Every month, thousands of women have to leave the comfort of their homes to live in makeshift sheds, or worse, some have to live in cattle sheds with animals. There have even been instances of death as some die from harsh Himalayan winters, or get attacked by wildlife. Even though Nepali courts have ruled this practice unconstitutional, it is still prevalent in Western Nepal. It is hard to accept that this is the reality for many young women of our world. Which is why, our organization is attempting to forge an alternative reality for these women-for these educators, leaders, and fighters of tomorrow.