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Dignity Without Danger: Collaboratively Analysing Stigma and Taboos to Develop Innovative Strategies to Address Menstrual Exclusion in Nepal

This project focuses on Nepalese women and girls’ rights to menstrual dignity and aims to enable local stakeholders to challenge exclusionary practices.

Women and girls in Nepal lack basic rights to a dignified menstruation. They suffer inhumane and degrading treatment which includes abuse and violence. Exclusionary practices, stigmas and taboos around menstruation, underpinned by traditional beliefs and cultural heritage practices, prevent women and girls from fully participating in economic and social life, impacting negatively on school attendance and employment.

In order to reduce the suffering, discrimination and violence against menstruating women and girls, and to promote partnership for sustainable human development, the project team has identified a need to work with local actors and communities. Through conducting collaborative action research, the team aims to unravel untold, often secret, forms of intangible heritage surrounding menstruation, held within diverse practices and traditional belief systems. It is hoped that navigating discursive fields will enable partners to ultimately promote dignified periods for menstruating women and girls in Nepal with potential for application in other cultures who practice menstrual exclusion.

Principal Investigator: Dr Sara Parker, Liverpool John Moores University 

Project part of

Sustainable Development 2018 Programme

This programme funds researchers in the humanities and social sciences working on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and generating evidence on the challenges and opportunities faced in developing countries.

International

We foster international collaboration in the humanities and social sciences, and promote the sharing of international perspectives on global challenges.

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