A Nepalese woman looks at her mobile phone in a hut to which she has been banished during her menstruation. Women undergoing their period are forced into a monthly exile in basic huts, and barred from touching food, religious icons, cattle and men. Photo: Prakash Mathema/AFP A Nepalese woman looks at her mobile phone in a hut to which she has been banished during her menstruation. Women undergoing their period are forced into a monthly exile in basic huts, and barred from touching food, religious icons, cattle and men. Photo: Prakash Mathema/AFP
A Nepalese woman looks at her mobile phone in a hut to which she has been banished during her menstruation. Women undergoing their period are forced into a monthly exile in basic huts, and barred from touching food, religious icons, cattle and men. Photo: Prakash Mathema/AFP

Why Asian women still suffer period stigma, and how a culture of openness could end taboos

  • Women spend an average eight years of their lives on their period, and in some cultures in Asia they are thought of as unclean or shameful
  • Some are even locked away during menstruation, but women’s groups and companies are fighting against this and other taboos

Topic |   Wellness
A Nepalese woman looks at her mobile phone in a hut to which she has been banished during her menstruation. Women undergoing their period are forced into a monthly exile in basic huts, and barred from touching food, religious icons, cattle and men. Photo: Prakash Mathema/AFP A Nepalese woman looks at her mobile phone in a hut to which she has been banished during her menstruation. Women undergoing their period are forced into a monthly exile in basic huts, and barred from touching food, religious icons, cattle and men. Photo: Prakash Mathema/AFP
A Nepalese woman looks at her mobile phone in a hut to which she has been banished during her menstruation. Women undergoing their period are forced into a monthly exile in basic huts, and barred from touching food, religious icons, cattle and men. Photo: Prakash Mathema/AFP
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