16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Surekha Goth

Surekha poses for a portrait inside a “goth” during her first period. This little mud house was built up several years ago in order to keep menstruating women away from their own houses, a tradition called “Chhaupadi Partha”. For the first time in Surekha’s life, she will be considered impure and forced to live in this place for 7 days.

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Date Taken: 04.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Nepal
Copyright: © Maria Contreras Coll