Policy

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On February 9-10, 2017, the Nepalese Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation (MoWSS), in collaboration with WSSCC has hosted a high-level Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Policy Consultation workshop to initiate the development of a policy framework on MHM in Nepal.

Country

Nepal

Region

Organisation Location

National

Date of Introduction

2005

Status of Policy

Specific Person/s

Honourable State Minister Mr. Deepak Khadka and Joint Secretary Mr. Rajan Raj Pandey of the Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation (MoWSS)

Description

On February 9-10, 2017, the Nepalese Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation (MoWSS), in collaboration with WSSCC has hosted a high-level Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Policy Consultation workshop to initiate the development of a policy framework on MHM in Nepal. The well-supported event served as a platform for open discussion to improve the situation of menstrual hygiene management in Nepal. Nepal continues to face the challenge of deep-set cultural stigma towards menstruation. This manifests in the harmful practice of Chhapaudi, which prohibits girls and women from participating in normal family activities during a menstruation period, as they are considered ‘impure’. Chhaupadi was outlawed by the Supreme Court of Nepal in 2005, but the tradition has been slow to change. In his closing speech, Honourable Minister, HE Mr Prem Bahadur Singh, expressed the commitment of the government of Nepal: “I assure you that a policy framework for MHM will be formulated based on the outcome and suggestions of this workshop and we intend to bring it into action as soon as possible,” he said. “We will further work with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Local Development and Federal Affairs, Ministry of Women and Children and WASH development partners to harmonize the menstrual hygiene policy and monitoring of implementation of the menstrual hygiene programme and projects,” he continued.