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Many girls in South Asia do not go to school during their periods

Kathmandu - In South Asia, more than a third of girls do not go to school during their menstrual period - due to lack of toilets and widespread taboos. That comes from a report published on Tuesday on the occasion of World Menstruation Day on May 28th.

The study by the British aid organization WaterAid and the United Nations Children's Fund Unicef ‚Äč‚Äčalso states that many girls in the region get their first menstruation without knowing anything about it. According to the report, many schools lack toilets and other sanitary facilities.

WaterAid chief Tim Wainwright stressed that governments must "ensure that every school has clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene". In one district in eastern Nepal, for example, there was only one toilet for 170 girls, according to the report. The World Health Organization (WHO), on the other hand, recommends one toilet for every 25 girls as the standard.

Menstruation is "impure"

In Sri Lanka, two-thirds of girls go through puberty with no knowledge of menstruation, it said. In many areas of South Asia, menstruation is considered "impure". This means that women are restricted in their freedom of movement, their behavior and their eating habits. In Afghanistan, the majority of girls do not take a bath during their period out of fear of becoming sterile. In western Nepal, women are forced to sleep in a hut away from home during their menstruation, although this custom is a criminal offense.

WaterAids South Asia manager Therese Mahon also pointed out some positive developments. For example, more schools now have information about menstruation in the curriculum. (APA, AFP, May 22, 2018)