This project aims to eliminate Chhaupadi – the social practice of discrimination against girls and women during their periods – and to ensure that women and girls have access to better nutrition, social support and education, especially during their menstruation period. The major objectives of this project are to raise awareness and support from the community leaders, especially traditional healers; to empower young people, and to strengthen local organizations and government to take action against Chhaupadi. Restless Development, in partnership with PeaceWin and KIRDARC and funding partner UN Trust Fund, has been implementing the project in the Far and Mid-western region of Nepal.
This year, the project has reached to 3790 young people and session on Sexual Reproductive Health issues and menstruation has been delivered in 18 schools of Kailali, Dadeldhura and Kanchanpur districts. 20 CSOs have received advocacy training and have developed action plan against Gender Based Violence and other forms of discrimination during and after menstruation. Likewise, CSOs signed 7 points commitment against Gender Based Violence branding it as Dhangadi Declaration 2016. Restless Development had conducted an interaction meeting with members of the parliament, where they committed to take strategic actions to abolish Chhaupadi practice.Department of Women and Children of Nepal along with Restless Development Nepal have agreed to lead the network in order to identify the gaps and challenges in the existing laws, a network was formed in the district level among the stakeholders including representatives from government, NGOs. INGOs, and other organizations working for child protection, and against GBV and Chhaupadi practices.