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The Challenges Faced by Migrant Workers in South Asia

Millions of people across South Asia, including entire families, are forced to leave their homes and communities to seek work as migrant labourers, largely due to the increased pressures that poverty, a lack of sustainable livelihoods, and climate change have on local opportunities.

Migrant workers often travel huge distances to find daily wage work in sectors such as agriculture, construction, and domestic work, as this kind of insecure work is often the only choice available to them. This desperation for work leaves them vulnerable to manipulation, exploitation and abuse from traffickers and opportunists. Lack of access to educational resources, combined with low literacy rates, means that many migrant workers struggle to access the rights and benefits that might protect them.

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Menstrual Exile: The Dangers of Chhaupadi in Nepal and What it Means for Women and Girls

Menstrual exile refers to a range of discriminatory practices that impact the lives of many women and girls across South Asia today. Due to local traditions and stigmas, women and girls are discriminated against during their menstruation period. They are excluded from their communities, including their own homes, schools and workplaces. 

The effects of menstrual exile are far-reaching, obstructing women and girls’ access to education, healthcare, community, and even the safety of their own homes. Chhaupadi is a severe and dangerous form of menstrual exile that is still prevalent across many poor, rural communities in Nepal, affecting the lives and opportunities of the women and girls who live there.

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