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Chaupadi: Banished for Bleeding


Chaupadi: Banished for Bleeding

Chaupadi is a Nepalese practice that marginalises and banishes girls and women to cowsheds during their monthly menstruation. The ‘banished’ are exposed to predators, both animal and human, and suffer the consequences of inclement weather. In this short documentary, we see two young women and how they have dealt with Chaupadi and witness one woman’s passion and activism to abolish the practice.

Chaupadi: Banished for Bleeding is part of our latest series, Breaking the Cycle, which explores the rituals, traditions, and taboos around menstruation throughout the world. Through highlighting dangerous practices and positive ceremonies, this work aims to shed light on stigma, and dispel myths which negatively affect anyone who is menstruating. 



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