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What is the #PeriodInPrison campaign about?

Through our #PeriodInPrison initiative, we shed light on the often-overlooked issue of menstruation within the incarcerated population, encompassing prisons, correctional facilities, and juvenile centres across Nepal. We have started a pilot project in Pokhara Jail by installing a vending machine in the prison and have been looking into the functionality of the same.


Our mission is to provide a comprehensive overview of menstrual health product accessibility within prisons and address the disparities between policy and its practical implementation. Thus, we work towards a more equitable and informed approach to menstrual care for menstruating individuals in prison.

Problems We're Addressing

A glaring example can be found in the Pokhara Jail in the Kaski district, where the occupancy for women is meant for 20 individuals. Shockingly, this facility houses 40 women, effectively doubling the intended capacity. Compounding the issue, there are only two washrooms available, which stands grossly insufficient.


Women in prisons face severe monetary constraints. With an allowance of 60 Rs and a mere 300 grams of rice, they must cover not only their food expenses but also essential needs like laundry and sanitary products. Unfortunately, the authorities does not provide menstrual products to incarcerated women.

Financial Strain

There is a glaring absence of adequate space for drying clothes. Even if such space were available, water sanitation problems persist during the washing process. Compounding these challenges, the lack of direct sunlight during the winter season further hampers the drying of reusable clothes for incarcerated individuals.

Management and Sanitization Issues

The government-appointed doctor for checkups is typically male, which creates significant discomfort among female prisoners when discussing reproductive and menstrual health issues. Moreover, there is a lack of dedicated rehabilitation facilities within the prison, leaving the incarcerated without necessary support.

Doctors and Rehabilitation

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