Breaking the Silence: Tackling Period Poverty and Stigmas in Nepal

Breaking the Silence: Tackling Period Poverty and Stigmas in Nepal


In the serene landscapes of Nepal, where the Himalayas stand tall and culture runs deep, a silent struggle persists for many young girls - the battle against period poverty and stigmas.

Understanding Period Poverty:

Period poverty refers to the inability of women to access menstrual hygiene products, adequate sanitation facilities, and menstrual education. In Nepal, this issue affects a significant number of young girls and women, hindering their ability to manage their menstruation with dignity.

Many families simply cannot afford menstrual products, leading young girls to resort to makeshift solutions like rags, leaves, or other unsanitary materials. This not only jeopardizes their health but also perpetuates the cycle of poverty.

The Impact of Cultural Stigmas:

In addition to economic challenges, cultural stigmas surrounding menstruation exacerbate the situation. Menstruation is often considered a taboo topic in Nepali society. In rural communities, Girls are frequently forced from their homes and made to live in small huts outside the village. Girls are forced to stay in these huts for 3-7 days all alone leaving them vulnerable to the elements, animals and assault. 

Education as a Catalyst for Change:

One of the most effective ways to combat period poverty and stigmas is through education. We support courageous Nepali women who have a desire to bring this education to their communities. These trainers are determined to see change within their communities. We have heard countless stories of moms learning and in turn telling their daughters. Generational changes are occurring simply because of education. 

Our Initiative:

Rachel and Leslie started HER Inc as a way to fight period poverty and period stigmas. For every period panty sold, we commit to donating a reusable feminine hygiene kit and education to a young girl in Nepal. Beyond the tangible donation, we aim to raise awareness about menstrual health and challenge the stigmas surrounding menstruation.

Here are a couple ways you can contribute:

  1. Support our cause by purchasing our period panties, knowing that with each sale, you are helping a young girl in need.
  1. Educate yourself and others about the importance of menstrual hygiene and the impact of cultural stigmas on young girls in Nepal.

Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of young girls facing period poverty in Nepal. We’re so thankful for this amazing community and look forward to working together to stand beside our sisters across the globe. 

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