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    Tanima
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    Ok now, this can be a contradicting thought but according to me, women should be allowed to take leave during menstruation.
    Now many of us, can expose points like, in one hand we’re approaching for gender equality and in the other we’re demanding leave allowance during periods. It’s a gender discrimination itself.
    For them, I can say that yes, we’re expecting gender equality. We want women to talk and raise their voice , whether in their own house or in their workplace. We want the approach towards women should be as same as the male members in education, job, vacancy, parliament and in overall society.
    But we can’t expect to erase the natural discriminations made in a male and female body. We can’t expect male to give birth, we just want to support the female in most possible ways they can.
    Just like that, male who are talking against or women who are strongly against it, have you ever experience that period pain? No. Most of the women bears those each and every month. It’s basically a muscle cramps which can strech upto thighs and back from lower abdomen, feels like aan ache. Some women even describe them as continuous stabbing sharply in their genital part pr lower abdomen. While some even explained that piercing out thighs and tummy would be easier than bearing this pain.
    So, we can never compare a period pain as a short term health issue at all.
    Again, women need proper hygiene and health care during their menstrual days specially. A unhygienic situation can even lead to fatal disease like vaginal cancer. And it’s very sad to say despite of being the most modern city in all over India, only a few can make up to the necessary cleanliness in their city. So, expecting workplace to have proper sanitization is far more than a dream. Water availability problem is also a trigger to some places.
    Women, working in rural areas experience the drastic disadvantage as population and pollution both are in their increasing state and a fewer percent of our even ‘claims to be educated’ society are not much aware than those rural areas.
    So, of course it’s a necessary to allow women a menstruation leave. If it’s such a necessary, government and Institutions can set up work from home with flexible working hours should be allowed . But allowing women not to be in their workplace is a definite necessity.

    VIPASHA .
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    Yes , women should be entitled to menstrual leave . In mensuration time , women is very weak excessive blood loss , back pain , headache , stomach pain , over blood loss. As a woman I can realise and I can feel how painful is that moment is , that period is.
    As we all know, government jobs for women get maternity leave. Government should also implement the mensuration leave for the women, at least for the starting 4 days which is very painful. Women suffer from mood swing during period time. She feel irritated at that period of time , she don’t want to talk to anyone. Since in this period if you ask her Continue her job she will not give her 100% and always get irritated and if she is in higher post she may also can Lashes on her subordinates and employees without reason and get irritated easily which can act as a loss for the company , for the employee, as well as for that women too. One in five women bleed so heavily during their periods that they have to put their normal lives on hold just to deal with the heavy blood flow. Heavy menstrual bleeding can be caused by:
    Hormonal imbalances
    Structural abnormalities in the uterus, such as polyps or fibroids
    Medical conditions
    WHO Indicated that women should take care of your health during the period time. If woman don’t take proper precautions then they may can suffer from “Menstrual disorders” it is a disruptive physical and/or emotional symptoms just before and during menstruation, including heavy bleeding, missed periods and unmanageable mood swings. However, other women experience a host of physical and/or emotional symptoms just before and during menstruation. From heavy bleeding and missed periods to unmanageable mood swings, these symptoms may disrupt a woman’s life in major ways. So , mensuration leave is very necessary for all the women.

    Semantee Chattopadhyay
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    Last year Zomato announced that they’ll give its woman employees 10 menstrual leaves in a year. This had a lot of mixed reactions on social media. While many people welcome this move and called it progressive and called it need of the hour, some people called it regressive in a fear that it will increase discrimination against women at the workplace. They also felt that it trivialises the feminist agenda for equal opportunity, especially in male-dominated professions.
    Are menstrual leaves progressive or regressive? The best way to find this out is by analysing all sides of the argument. Why can’t women just take sick leaves if they have severe pain during menstruation? Sure, there’s some merit in it but it’s meant for actual illnesses. Menstruation is not an illness. Sick leaves are taken when there’s something wrong with one’s body, menstruation doesn’t mean there’s something wrong. It’s a normal bodily function and taking sick leaves during menstruation will only reinforce the stigma which all of us are trying to fight. Different women have different experiences with their menstrual cycle. Why some women breast through their cycle, many women have severe pain, heavy bleeding, headache, nausea, depression, sleeplessness etcetera. There are differences related to the nature of work. The nature of what influences how menstrual problems affect women. This is the reason why period leaves have become very essential. The discussion right now is for 4% of our female workforce. The Atul 96% female workforce in India is in the informal sector. We can hope that this step by companies will set a precedent for others to follow. We all are aware of the fact that on paper both maternity and paternity leaves sound very progressive. There’s no such discrimination on grounds of maternity leaves. The reality is quite different. It might not be evident on the surface but there’s still a subtext of discrimination against maternity leaves. There have been many cases where HRs ask prospective female candidates about their plans of starting a family because it may be a burden on their pockets. If maternity leaves create such a problem, then menstrual leaves would only exacerbate the whole problem. We need to develop policies that don’t pander to patriarchy and the toxic work culture. We’ll have to create inclusive policies which can challenge the existing norms. In an ideal world, menstrual leave is a progressive policy. The sad part is our world is far from ideal.

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    Yes, in my opinion, they should be entitled to menstrual leave.
    Periods are extremely painful and it lasts for a week every month. Menstrual leave should at least be optional and if any woman needs to take leave, she can have the option of not working those days. Some might say that one day is enough but each woman’s body is different. They might experience more pain on the second day than the first.
    Many women get cramps, nausea, or headaches during their menstrual cycle. Some might even experience all three. Women face this pain every month. So, isn’t it necessary to implement menstrual leave?
    Some might criticize this saying that it’s unfair that women get a paid day off (this is dependent on the company) and that men work so hard but are not paid more than women. I understand the issues men put across, but I don’t think they’ve ever experienced periods. It is painful, and some can’t even move around because the pain is that bad. Men and women are biologically different, so it doesn’t make sense to compare how unfair you think it is that women get menstrual leave. I do not think you’d have the same reaction if you experienced periods.
    Some might say that it doesn’t even hurt that much and taking leave ‘just’ for that is strange. For some women, they might not feel any pain, but that is only a few of them.
    Menstruation is a natural process and is not something one should be ashamed of. If we educated everyone about periods, it would be useful.

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    Yes, I think menstrual leave should be made compulsory for women, menstrual cycle period is of 1 week starting for three to four days are difficult for women to manage I think should give choice to women if she won’t leave or not, because the period is very women suffer through nausea, head strokes, tiredness, constant pain in the body, etc. It should be paid leave for women companies ask women to do work from home when they are feeling better. Women go through mood swings in there it also affects their work efficiency but many males don’t know about how much i pain women suffer every month first we need to create awareness in men about females don’t need to shy away be openly talking about it, directly walk to management let them know about menstrual cycle how difficult it is to manage the work. It is always been Taboo to talk about female menstrual cycle even if some male wants to talk about it but they can’t because females feel uncomfortable, also in Many, there is not good Clean washroom available and hygiene is very necessary during menstruation week also every company need to keep one sanitary napkin vending machine in the washroom so don’t need to rush anywhere also there should be a separate restroom for women in companies. Every fey companies had this facility, this facility is very needful for every woman. Some startup companies have started keeping menstrual break policy also big company Zomato gives them leave to women. In many other countries such as Japan, South Korea, and Australia, New Zealand is provides menstruation leave for women. we also need to adopt. It’s the are towards nice work environment for the employee and help them perform their more enthusiastically their work. The company can take this effective step for women employees and they will be very grateful for doing this.

    Mayuravarshini Mohana
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    Almost 17 countries in the world have implemented or are considering the implementation of paid menstrual leave. In Japan, the policy was introduced in 1947. Yet the stigma around menstruation discourages women from availing it as it would require informing their managers, most of whom are male. In 2020, Zomato introduced a paid menstrual leave policy which sparked a debate around the subject in India.

    At the outset it must be acknowledged that menstrual leave is a class specific notion. It only applies to women who hold white collar jobs. Women working in informal and unorganised sectors, who receive wages on a daily basis, cannot afford a day off. Period leave policy, being blind to intersectionality, is discriminatory and hence fundamentally unfeminist.

    But for the sake of argument, let us proceed further.

    In the present capitalist work culture, efficiency and productivity are hallowed values. In such an ethos, women having the option to take off for a few days every month would be considered a liability. Employees might adopt covert sexism during recruitment by absorbing more males along with a few token female candidates. Even today, a majority of work environments espouse sexist discrimination in promotion, salary and allocation of assignments. Women have to work twice as hard and yet have claim only to substandard entitlements. The presence of a menstrual leave policy will only accentuate the rift. ‘The moment we gender our leave policies, we gender our assignments’, says journalist Barkha Dutt in a discussion with The Hindu.

    With feminist activism and discourse converging towards gender equal workspaces, the notion of menstrual leave sits on the polar opposite. Introducing a gendered leave policy to the workplace runs against workspace parity. When a similar argument challenged maternity leave, the emphasis turned towards an inclusive ‘parental leave’ which extended to parents irrespective of gender. For obvious reasons, menstruation cannot be accorded the same flexibility. It is also important to note that every woman’s period experience differs. A menstrual leave would force a woman undergoing only mild or no pain to take an unnecessary day off. Moreover, doesn’t it affirm a stereotype that menstruating women are weak and inefficient?

    The fundamental problem does lie in the nature of our workspaces. Our ultimate aim should be to create inclusive and diverse offices that do not discriminate against differences in body functions. Just as workspaces and work culture incorporate disabled friendly architecture and facilities, they must be genial to the unique necessities of women as well. Unless that is achieved, facilitating menstrual leave will only be detrimental and counterintuitive to feminist purpose of gender equality.

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    One of the very common life processes of a woman’s life includes menstruation or period. Sometimes, periods could be very painful, many women experience unbearable pain during their periods.
    Wanting leaves from work during her period cycle should be considered a valid reason and leave entitlement during the periods should be made legal.
    Women bleed continuously for 5 days and it often makes her week and tired, working all day long and bleeding continuously with an unbearable pain could be considered unfair if she won’t be provided a day for rest or a leave if she needs.
    Many firms allow women a period leave if she needs so, and many other remaining firms should follow the practice of allowing her a leave in her period.
    Not all women everytime face the same kind of harsh pain, in their period but there exists some days where the pain, the moodswings and the weekness during the process goes like a lifetaking experience.
    Every woman should be allowed for at least 2 period leaves in a month wherein she could take her proper care and take rest while being on her periods.

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    Some issues have always been taboo in our society, and one such problem, more popularly called periods, is ‘Menstruation.’ An open debate on this is quite difficult since individuals appear extremely uncomfortable and prefer to talk about it behind closed doors. Ninong Ering, a parliamentary member in Lok Sabha who represented Arunachal Pradesh in 2018, has held a debate on the Menstrual Bond Bill that has prompted broad discussions of the need for working women to have a menstrual leave policy every month.
    The benefits of menstruation Two paid menstrual days every month and enhanced facilities for workplaces during menstruation are provided by Bill in the public and private sectors. The incentives are also given in government-recognized schools to female students in Class VIII. However, if passed the Bill would not be in any way breakthrough, as a girls’ school in Kerala had given her students menstruation leave since 1912, and since 1992 Bihar has been given a special women’s license for two days. Countries such as Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, and Taiwan have given paid menstruation leave to women since the Second World War. But the humiliation and disgrace of a woman just to prove that she actually lived during her time led to many women not being able to take advantage of the leave together. Certain conditions related to menstrual activities, such as menorrhagia, endometriosis, fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease, and the following considerations of the concerns described above, during the entire formulation of the bill. It is logical that a passionate topic such as this would elicit ideas from all angles and people have different views on the same subject. A section of women does not support this rule because they believe that such a law will promote their prejudice at work and deal with unfair treatment by recruitment, lower pay, slower promotion, and fewer board meetings.
    Exactly that is what needs to be modified. The biological framework of women should not be sanctioned. If women only bear their misery to “fit in” and not be excluded, then we certainly paddle the patriarchy cycle onward. We must remember that when talking about equal working circumstances in the workplace, it implies equal labor conditions for men and women and not only those that are acceptable or rejected for convenience. This is not an option that ladies do each month, so if it’s tough for someone to be at work in the absence of conditions, they should be permitted to take leave simply.

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    Yes, There should be paid menstrual leave for women because during menstruation females goes through with lots of pain like lower back pain, headache, menstrual cramps, feeling unesay, mood swings. Due to which women will feel uncomfortable while working at office and at workplace women has to sit on chairs for straight 7 to 8 hours because of which they suffer from back pain. Companies should have paid menstrual leave policy for women or else they should ask them to do work from home whenever they will feel better this will surely help many women’s to have rest while going through menstruation. If women will not get menstrual leave than they has to do household chores after that travelling to reach at workplace and working at office because of not getting paid leave they has to bear with lower back pain and headaches which has no point. While feeling tired and having no one can concentrate on their work, so it will be great for women to have paid menstrual leave. It is natural problem for females can’t do anything instead we should try to create such options for women to reduce their menstrual pain. And society should normalise to talking about menstrual problems freely. News channels should also start making highlight towards menstrual problem of women due to which atleast people will start talking openly about menstrual problems than it will help women to share their problems with company manager to ask for paid leave. In companies their should facilities for women’s menstrual hygiene like having sanitary pads in washroom, clean washroom, availability of water, separate rest room for women. If they don’t have policy of menstrual leave than atleast they should have these facilities for women. In japan, menstrual leave for women has introduced in 1997 because females are struggling with menstrual pains. In our society also, women should be entitled for menstrual leave.

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