Many girls in many part of my country leave the school after their menstruation period begins because the menstruation is taken as the punishment of the sin that we have done in our previous life. There are different cultures in many societies that people do after a girl’s menstruation periods begin. Some of them are acceptable as cultures but some of them are as like as the terrible torture for girls in the name of culture and rituals. At the time when girls need the physical and mental support they are left with the unanswered psychological questions.
Even in the places near to urban cities and other rural part, girls have left the school after their menstruation or are not attending the school or many have shown the poor performance in school after this change in their body. It is because our education doesn’t include the complete knowledge on reproductive health. There are no proper toilets or no toilet in school so that girls can have the privacy is also one of the reasons for leaving the school and not attending the school.
I was also one who went through the same state in the name of ritual. As I believe that ‘Change should begin from within’-after I realize that during this change in body one needs support and care, I didn’t allow my younger sisters to go through the same circumstances.
Though there are countless things which need to be changed but I focused to work for the awareness of the same. With the help from a Australian Rotary and through our parent rotary club of the rotaract club of which I’m an Immediate past president, I have succeed to transfer the fund to build the girls toilet in the school in Dolakha-140 km far from the capital city of Kathmandu and I am coordinating for the same. For post-toilet project period, I’m working to form a group from the same school to trained them and mobilize them in their own community to raise awareness in women who can be the best agent of change.
‘Empowering the one who are uneducated is tougher but those who are semi-educated and still stick to the conservative tradition is tougher than that’. I definitely need the support of pulse wire as it is the great resource of the experts to solve the problems which seems not big but is a major problem. There can be many good ideas to solve it, or there can be helping hands for further establishments of the girls toilet and necessary things. I am eager to have further knowledge on reproductive health and the ways to raise awareness.
‘I believe that gender equality can’t be maintained without facilitating them with what they need and empowering them’. To bring the bigger change one needs to start from the ground level, I am doing the same! My journey towards the greater change has just begun and radiance is yet to be experienced and observed with your help and support!
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