Government functionaries, celebrities, entrepreneurs, representatives from development partners and people of various cities, committed to do their best in discouraging people to follow discriminations associated with menstruation.
A total of 197 government functionaries and 27 celebrities joined hands with MITRA Samaj, to create awareness on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM); reduce social taboos associated with menstruation and discourage the negative practices prevalent in the society, until December 2015.
â€œThis is one of the big health issues, so considering menstruation as a health and sanitization subject, and creating awareness among the common residents might be most effective approach,â€ said – Dr. Baburam Marasini, Director, Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, during an infotaining activity conducted at the premises of Nepal Health Research Council, Kathmandu.
Similarly, Dev Kumari Huragain, Director, Department of Education said, â€œSince Nepal is a multi-lingual, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic nation, change in society according to the time variations in religious and scientific quorum is as of today.Â We, the members of Department of Education should involve ourselves in such educational programs and present our thoughts.â€
On the other hand, celebrities of Nepal brought their commitments into practice by updating their Facebook posts with the identical message, â€œI am Against Menstrual Exclusion, are you?â€, and urged the attendees to do their best to discourage others from following long-followed discriminatory menstrual practices.
A total of 695 students from 40 different schools from the Kathmandu valley participated in story writing, photography and elocution contest, and pledge to disobey social taboos and encourage their peers and families.
On an average, menstrual period lasts for 4 days, and during those 4 days, menstruating girls and women go through various forms of discrimination and stigmatization. Thus the WaterAid-supported pilot project â€˜4 Days of Funâ€™ received its nomenclature to gel with the window period of menstruation, and strived to challenge the prevailing social taboos, stigma, misconceptions, superstitions related to menstruation; however, in an infotaining fashion.