PAST EVENT - IN FEW DAYS WE WILL HAVE A NEW ONE! - Galentine's Day Event: Fight to end Chhaupadi in West Nepal
Let's show our love for the women of West Nepal this Galentine's Day by fighting against Chhaupadi!
Short Photography Exhibition + Discussion on the Red Bucket Project
February 13th, 2020 - 12-1 p.m. EST
Join us on February 13th, a.k.a Galentine's day, to fight against the practice of Chhaupadi in West Nepal. Chhaupadi is a centuries old tradition that forces women and girls to seclude themselves in huts or sheds aways from friends and family while menstruating. While menstruating, women are viewed as "impure", and this belief is so deeply rooted that families are willing to put their mothers and daughters at risk through the practice of Chhaupadi. This seclusion has exposed women to extreme temperatures, wild animal attacks, asphyxiation, snakebites, and more.
To fight against this dangerous practice, be artsy has launched the Red Bucket Project, also known as the Rato Baltin Project in Nepalese. The Red Bucket Project is a menstrual health and sexual education program that aims to de-stigmatize menstruation, and to give women the tools needed to fight against Chhaupadi. Although the project is designed to protect women from this dangerous practice, it is aimed at men and women, as we believe the only way to change deeply rooted beliefs about menstruation is through education. Every woman involved in the Red Bucket Project is provided with a menstrual cup, and training on how to use it. They are also provided with a metal bucket so that they have a place to wash and boil the cup.
One of the most important aspects of the Red Bucket Project is the opportunity for women to express their feelings about menstruation through participative photography. This allows women to explore the content of our educational programs through a creative outlet, helping them to break down deep-rooted and harmful misconceptions about menstruation. At our Galentine's Day Event we will be showing off some of the photographs taken as part of the Red Bucket Project in Nepal. We will also take some time to learn more about the practice of Chhaupadi. We will be joined by the C.E.O and Founder of be artsy, Clara Garcia, as well as a be artsy representative working on the ground in Nepal!
Your donation of $2, the fee to register for this event, will go straight to Nepal. We thank you for your support in funding the Red Bucket Project, and we look forward to seeing you on February 13th!
If you would like to learn more about the practice of Chhaupadi in Nepal before our event, check out this video.
Once you make your donation, we will contact you from the e-mail [email protected] with confirmation and instructions on how to access the event. If you do not receive an email from us within 8 hours, please check your junk/spam inbox!