In far western Nepal, many believe that women who are menstruating are impure and bring bad luck. And so they are exiled each month, leaving them vulnerable to rape and other horrors.

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In rural western Nepal, many women are sent to live in animal sheds while they are menstruating. This ingrained cultural practice, called chaupadi, can wreak unintended havoc on their health.

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October 14, 2014 /
Emily Baumgaertner, Allison Shelley
The Pulitzer Center’s Washington Weekend included panel discussion with three journalists—all former Pulitzer Center grantees—who have covered complex public health issues.
April 1, 2014 /
Allison Shelley, Tom Hundley
Pulitzer Center's Tom Hundley and photojournalist Allison Shelley share their reporting on the politics of family planning and the stories of individual women.