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Where WASH Saves Lives: Creating New Traditions in Nepal

In the past, Nepalese girls like these would have been subject to the taboos of chhaupadi — not being allowed to use the family toilet or sleep in the family home during their menstrual period. Photo credit: USAID/Nepal
In Nepal, small huts, called chhau goth, have been home to women and girls during their menstrual periods for centuries. Photo credit: USAID/Nepal
Though outlawed in Nepal for more than a decade, chhaupadi is still being practiced in remote villages in far western Nepal, but even there attitudes are starting to change. Photo credit: USAID/Nepal



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