July 8, 2013 The Atlantic
Allyn Gaestel, Allison Shelley
Nepal is one of just a few countries to significantly lower the number of women dying in childbirth. Still, until the status of women in society improves, childbirth will remain perilous.
June 14, 2013 The New York Times
Allyn Gaestel, Allison Shelley
In parts of rural Nepal women and girls are segregated from their families during menstruation. A look at historical context of this practice and the slow pace of social change.
June 7, 2013 Women Deliver
Allison Shelley, Allyn Gaestel
A reminder for world leaders meeting in Kuala Lumpur for the Women Deliver Conference to remember the complexity of women's voices from the field.
May 29, 2013 Christian Science Monitor
Allison Shelley, Allyn Gaestel
In a forgotten fold of mountains in rural Nepal, an idealistic group of American doctors is experimenting with full transparency. From these remote corners, transparency is tricky.
March 5, 2013 Christian Science Monitor
Allyn Gaestel, Allison Shelley
Changing engrained social practices, like chaupadi, is never as simple as an activist campaign.
February 28, 2013 NPR
Allison Shelley
Women in rural Nepal sleep in huts, caves and animal sheds every month during their periods — a practice called chaupadi.
February 11, 2013 Untold Stories
Allyn Gaestel, Allison Shelley
Mustard blossoms, bright yellow on tall green stalks; rows of young potato seedlings; a stack of papery dried marigolds and a pile of stones serve as a haphazard memorial for 17-year-old Laxmi Buda.
February 5, 2013 Untold Stories
Allyn Gaestel, Allison Shelley
In light of publicity around rape in India, a look at the ingrained practice of chaupadi just north, in Nepal.
December 12, 2012 Untold Stories
Allyn Gaestel, Allison Shelley
Nepal is majority Hindu, a religion known for powerful goddesses and "shakti"—feminine strength—yet gender discrimination is common. Educated women activists are rising up.