Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizen Parbat Gurung reaffirmed his commitment for achieving dignified mensuration in the country where mensuration still remains a taboo among many people and communities.
Addressing the international-level virtual meeting organized on the occasion of the second National Women Rights Day that falls on Jestha 16 of the Nepali calendar (often May 29), Minister Gurung said the government had expedited formulation of Acts, rules, guidelines and regulations to introduce Nepal as a country to have achieved dignified menstruation.
The Dignified Mensuration was a move made by Minister Gurung which is also aimed at putting an end to harmful and superstitious practice as Chhaupadi where a menstruating woman is ousted from home and banished to a shanty shed until her period is over.
Gurung added, “In a bid to empower women economically, the government is going to introduce a host of women-oriented programmes in the programme for the new fiscal year. One among them is to set up Women Entrepreneurs Facilitation Centre in all 753 local units of the country.”
The Minister also shared that the programmes on dignified mensuration will be spearheaded as a campaign in collaboration and coordination among all three-tiers of the government to abolish social vices and ill-practices as Chhaupadi.
Also speaking in the virtual meeting, President of the Women and Social Affairs Committee under the federal parliament, Niru Pal Devi appreciated the Minister’s initiative to bring forth the concept of Dignified Mensuration aimed at eliminating social ignominy like Chhaupadi.
Likewise, National Human Rights Commission Chairperson Anupraj Sharma underscored commencement of open debate in the leadership of women to raise awareness on the menstrual hygiene and to achieve the motto of dignified menstruation.
Source: National News Agency Nepal