Elimination of Chhaupadi practice in Karnali, Nepal

The issue of Chhaupadi is deeply rooted in the minds of the people of the target area. Even though it mainly impacts women, the issue cannot be eliminated without targeting men and other stakeholders. First objective is to empower women and girls at the individual and group levels, as well as, build capacity and improve understanding of the policy and advocacy issues. To broaden the constituency of women, it is imperative to work with like-minded institutions to forge the linkages. For the sustainability of this movement, it is vital to create appropriate policies and its implementation.

  • Project Period:

    1 January 2016 - 31 Dec 2018

  • Project Area / location:

    Jumla, kalikot and Mugu of Nepal

  • Implementing Partners:

    Applicant: Action Works Nepal {Jumla and Mugu}
    Co-applicant: Bheri Environmental Excellence (BEE) Group: {Kalikot}

  • Project beneficiaries:

    A total of 71,405 people -- 35,560 women and 35,845 men from 21 VDCs of Jumla, Kalikot and Mugu districts of Karnali will benefit from this project.

  • Expected Results:

    1. 2,625 women and adolescent girls, including their families, will be empowered to end Chhaupadi practice.

    2. 1,550 people from various civil societies, male supporting groups, and traditional healers from the project area will be actively engaged and mobilised on the issue of Chhaupadi.

    3. The Chhaupadi issue will be documented and discussed at local, district and national levels to influence effective implementation of the National Chhaupadi guideline 2007.

    4. 105 villages in the 21 project VDCs will be declared Chhaupadi Free villages.

  • Total budget of the project:

    € 276,316.00

  • Financial Support by:

    European Commission


1. Increase awareness of the demerits of Chhaupadi in the community and empower women and girls in the project area to fight against it.

2. Build capacity of and mobilize civil societies, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), networks, media, community based organisations, Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs), male supporting groups, traditional institutions (traditional healers and priests) in the project area.

3. Promote evidence-based policy advocacy to influence policies and their implementation to eliminate Chhaupadi practice.