August 13, 2018 | 2:43 pm | Ojashwi Pathak, Research Intern
Recently, Nepal has received a lot of attention from the international community due to a New York Times article on Chhaupadi – the practice of isolating menstruating women and girls – and social taboos around menstruation. As part of the Fertility Awareness for Community Transformation (FACT) Project, the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), at Georgetown University is undertaking the Pragati intervention in Nepal. Pragati aims to increase fertility awareness and to change social norms that reflect negative attitudes about menstruation and lead to behaviors that are harmful to women. In this three-part blog series, three IRH colleagues – Ojashwi Pathak, Shwetha Srinivasan, and Sarah Thompson – explore menstruation norms through their personal experiences as women and through qualitative data analysis of such taboos in Nepali society. The authors reflect on the current state of menstruation-related norms, discuss whether these norms are changing in Nepal, and elucidate what can be done in the future by practitioners and researchers to destigmatize menstruation.
June 18, 2018 | 12:21 pm | Rebecka Lundgren, Director of Research
A new article published in Culture, Health and Sexuality, “Processing Gender: Lived Experiences of Reproducing and Transforming Gender Norms over the Adolescent Life Course in Northern Uganda,” provides a framework to identify the resources, institutions, and processes that shape adolescents’ gendered choices and behaviors.
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May 22, 2018 | 6:47 pm | Sammie Hill, Communications Officer
On a sunny afternoon in the Siraha District of Nepal, a group of young men gathered on the edge of their community to play a card game as they kept an eye on their children playing nearby. The scene was nothing unusual until the group’s leader started to lead the men in a discussion about menstruation, ovulation, and cervical secretions. They were playing the Menstrual Cycle Game. Though the game was new to them, it has been played countless times in countries around the world.