GHRD representatives and Secretary General from Nepal, Abhishek Tiwari organized “The Human Chain” program under the 16 days campaign against Gender Based Violence (GBV) to raise awareness about dignified menstruation and ensure women human rights. The “Human Chain” Program on was held on December 8 at the Bhaluhi Chowk of Birgunj – Kalaiya, Feta Municipality, Ward 1, Bara, Nepal.
A 16-days campaign against Gender Based Violence (GBV), including the slogan ‘Generation of Equality, Rape Against Solidarity,’ is being celebrated worldwide. It is regarded as a campaign against all forms of violence against women from November 25 to December 10. The United Nations defines gender-based violence as sexual violence, including physical, mental, and sexual harm. It is also clearly stated that all acts against women will be violence. We have been arguing about dignified menstruation, but sadly, women are still forced to endure dozens of times during menstruation. The woman is in a state of death.
What is Mensuration?
Menstruation is the process in which the uterus sheds blood and tissue through the vagina. This is a natural and healthy process for girls and women of reproductive age. In Western communities, this is often called “the period.” It typically lasts 2 to 5 days, but this varies by individual.
How is menstruation related to human rights?
Gender inequality, extreme poverty, humanitarian crises and harmful traditions can all turn menstruation into a time of deprivation and stigma. Over a woman’s lifetime, she could easily spend three to eight years menstruating, during which she might face menstruation-related exclusion, neglect or discrimination.
A variety of factors affect how women and girls are treated during menstruation such as exclusion from the public life, barriers from opportunities, barriers from sanitation and health and increases risks of becoming vulnerable to abuses like child marriage and sexual violence.
The right to dignity– when women and girls cannot access safe bathing facilities and safe and effective means of managing their menstrual hygiene, they are not able to manage their menstruation with dignity. By bringing in programs that can help to remove such malpractices within us is a great achievement for an individual and the society. So in view of this, GHRD celebrated December 8 as a dignified menstrual day in Nepal.