“We must bring about change ourselves,” explains Kali Bista, center, holding two of her grandchildren at their home in Bhageshwar village, Achham, Nepal. Kali followed the example of her neighbor Maheshwari five years ago and now sleeps in a room inside her home during menstruation instead of outside, as many of the area women do. Bista said years of public campaigns did nothing to stop this practice in the village until Maheshwari led by example. “NGOs come and go but we, the villagers, are here to stay.”
Image and caption by Pulitzer Center grantee Allison Shelley. Nepal, 2012.