Executive Director, NFCC
Pema Lhaki is a Menstrual Activist and an ‘Instinctive’ Feminist working largely on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Nepal. She is actively engaged in research, ground level implementation and policy level advocacy.
With an academic background in Sociology, Pema entered the public health sector in 2001 and started to focus on menstruation in 2008 when no other development organization or Government agency deemed it an issue that required attention. Because of menstruation, most Nepali women are denied access to many basic rights and to counter this, Pema works with four key ministries (Health, Education, WASH and Protection) of the Government of Nepal, many bilateral organizations, International NGOs’, women networks and schools to ensure no female feels ‘disempowered’ because of menstruation. Pema became the catalyst in the revolution on Menstrual Health, Hygiene and Rights that is now the buzz word in Nepal as well as globally.
Currently, Pema is the Executive Director at NFCC, a National Non-government Organization in Nepal which has been working on reproductive health for the past three decades, pioneering many reproductive health interventions that are now part of the Government of Nepal’s national programs.
The work that Pema and NFCC does has been covered in detail in the award winning Al Jazeera documentary: ‘Banished-Nepal’s Menstrual Exiles’ and partly in the BBC article, Banished for Bleeding.