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Skip navigation! This week Nepal criminalized Chhaupadi, an ancient Hindu tradition in which women are exiled to huts when they're on their period to keep the "impurity" out of the house. Even though the practice has been banned for over a decade, it was still prevalent in rural areas of west Nepal.
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Different from what many people believe, menstrual health is not just a "women's issue. Female hygiene should be at the top of each government's list of priorities. When they are educated, they drive development in their families, communities and nations.
But most worrying is the thought that there are actual girls and boys out there who don't know how to work a clitoris. If this is true — and rumour has it, it is — that sucks. Apparently not everyone knows how to pussy stroke.
Research shows that underprivileged girls can miss up to 50 days of school per year due to lack of access to adequate feminine hygiene. Since the release of these statistics, hundreds of sanitary towel distribution programmes have been initiated to help keep young girls in school during their monthly cycles. As a girl child and education advocate, I am in full support of these programmes and campaigns.
But macho attitudes remain. Thousands protested across Spain in April after a court cleared five men, who called themselves The Wolf Pack, of the gang rape of a teenager at a bull-running festival, convicted them of the lesser crime of sexual abuse. In one particularly moving image, a woman has her hands covering her face as though she cannot bear to look at the camera.
Sign in. Watch now. Around the globe, girls begin having sex at different ages and for different reasons.