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Right to Passage | Mindset Matters in Menstruation

The panelists along with the Shapetalk team from Global Shapers Kathmandu Hub.

Kathmandu, February 5, 2019: The Global Shapers Community Kathmandu Hub hosted their second Shape Talk event at DAV School on February 4, 2019. They screened 4 films – Rajowati, Nirlajj, 5 in 10080 and First Blood that were part of #NoMoreLimit, short videos competition organized by DCA Nepal.

After the screening they had a panel discussion with the filmmakers- Rewati Gurung, Prashanti Poudyal, Deepesh Paudel, Ramesh Man Shrestha along with Radha Poudel, an expert in the field of Menstruation and moderated by Saloni Sethia on behalf of Global Shapers Kathmandu. An average woman bleeds for about seven years of her life span through out her reproductive life. Despite this, society pretends that menstruation does not exist. The discussions revolved around how Chaupadi is practiced in its own way in Kathmandu and how the first step in bringing about change is by discussion and dialogue. 

Deepesh Paudel as he speaks about the idea and story behind his film.

According to a research done by Rooster Logic last year 35% parents don’t discuss menstruation with their daughters and 63% don’t discuss it with their sons. Menstruation is nothing to be ashamed of and needs to be discussed.

“It’s not about where and how women are restricted, it’s about restricting their mobility. It’s a topic that is not only about hygiene, it’s about dignity as an individual” stated Radha Poudel. The Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, is a network of city-based hubs developed and led by young leaders between the age of 20 and 30 years who want to develop their leadership potential by serving the society. Hubs all around the world undertake local projects to improve the communities they live in. 

The Global Shapers Community Kathmandu was established in the year 2012 as a not for profit organization and they have engaged in the field of youth empowerment & amp; mentorship, youth dialogue and advocacy, initiatives on – education, health, hygiene and sanitation, financial literacy, wellness and community among others. 

The panelists discuss about the different ways restrictions are imposed on women in urban households.

Shape Talk is one of such initiatives where they look into building conversations and dialogues on issues that matters to young people. The First Shape Talk series focused on The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – Data Security and Technological impact as to ponder on how the flourishing technology shapes the future for young people alongside their jobs/skills and privacy.