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Cornell University

Publication Date

Spring 2017

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Nepal: Development and Social Change


Within the greater context of Nepal, menstruation is a topic that has long-held significance as a taboo topic due to religious and cultural connotations. However, over the past five years, there has been a push in Nepali schools to acknowledge menstruation and menstrual hygiene management as legitimate aspects of health curriculums. This is a great step forward for the country, but also begs the question of whether this educational movement is being recognized in other areas of society, such as the formal workplace. Through discussion with various individuals- from government officers to healthcare employees- this research examines attitudes towards menstruation, as well as the adequacy of facilities present in a varying range of workplaces (in terms of sanitation, hygiene, and privacy). This paper further analyzes these findings, examining the greater implications of menstruation, in the context of work, and even greater, society as a whole.


Asian Studies | Community-Based Research | Family, Life Course, and Society | Health and Physical Education | Medicine and Health | Sociology | Women's Studies


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