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Chhaupadi: “In this corner of Nepal, deep in the Himalayas, women are banished from their homes every month when they get their period. They are considered polluted, even toxic….”

NY Times

“……The practice is called chhaupadi (pronounced CHOW-pa-dee), from Nepali words that mean someone who bears an impurity, and it has been going on for hundreds of years. But now, the Nepali government and advocates for women are trying to end it...…”


A major drop in anemia among India’s pregnant women has been spurred by the decline in open defecation, along with later pregnancies and improved education for women

PH Nutrition

Identifying sociodemographic, programmatic and dietary drivers of anaemia reduction in pregnant Indian women over 10 years


In the model accounting for both non-dietary and dietary factors, increased age at pregnancy (P<0·001), reduced village-level open defecation (P=0·001), consuming more Fe (P<0·001) and folic acid (P=0·018) and less phytate (P=0·002), and urbanization (P=0·015) were associated with anaemia reductions. A 10 mg increase in daily household Fe supply from 2012 levels was associated with a 10 % reduction in anaemia……”

A spoon in underwear: How does that help protect against forced marriages?

Thomas Reuters Foundation

“……”The spoon will trigger metal detectors when you go through security checks…..You will be taken aside and you can then talk to staff in private.”…..”

India: A gender gap of as many as 63 million girls (21 million “unwanted” girls in India between 0 and 25 years);


  • “Deeply-ingrained preference for boys has led to a massive gender gap in India
  • Study finds that many couples who give birth to a girl will try again for a boy.”


The Two-Finger Test: Rape survivors in India continue to be subjected to intrusive tests that the government and courts banned years ago

Thomas Reuters Foundation


Another victim of a very old tradition in rural Nepal, in which religious Hindus believe that menstruating women are unclean and should be banished from the family home.

NY Times

  • Ms. Bayak  was found dead on Monday, apparently having asphyxiated after building a small fire inside the hut to keep warm.
  • In Nepal, one of Asia’s poorest countries, dozens of women and girls have died in recent years from following this tradition, despite activists’ campaigns and government efforts to end the practice.
  • Menstruating women often trudge outside at night to bed down with cows or goats in tiny, rough, grass-roofed huts and sheds.
  • Many have been raped by intruders or died from exposure to the elements.
  • Last summer, the Nepalese government made it illegal for anyone to force a menstruating woman or girl to sequester herself, with violators subject to jail time or fines.
  • The law came with a grace period to give people time to absorb the new rules
  • No punishments are to be handed out until August.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Haze along the Himalaya



The rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar’s security forces


“…..The AP interviewed 29 women and girls who say they were raped by Myanmar’s armed forces, and found distinct patterns in their accounts, their assailants’ uniforms and the details of the rapes themselves. The most common attack involved groups of soldiers storming into a house, beating any children inside and then beating and gang raping the women. ….”

Speaking Out: Roma Women’s Experiences in Reproductive Health Care in Slovakia, documents the personal stories of 38 Roma women from marginalised communities who reported discrimination and abuse in reproductive and maternal health care facilities in eastern Slovakia.

Slovak Spectator

“…..An estimated 400,000 Roma live in Slovakia, comprising 7.45 percent of the country’s population…..”




The world’s most dangerous megacity for women

Thomas Reuters

“…..The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey asked experts in women’s issues in 19 megacities how well women are protected from sexual violence, and from harmful cultural practices, and whether they have access to good healthcare, finance and education……”

The worst:

  • Cairo (#1)
  • Karachi
  • Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • New Delhi

The best: 

  • London (#1)
  • Tokyo
  • Paris

“…..Delhi and Sao Paulo emerged as the worst cities when respondents were asked if women could live there without the risk of sexual violence, including rape, attacks or harassment…”

“….Authorities recorded four rapes every hour in India in 2015….”


The poll


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