28 May Menstrual Leaves : Thoughtful or discriminatory?
Menstrual leave is a type of leave where a woman may have the option to take paid or unpaid leave from her employment if she is menstruating and is unable to go to work because of it. According to a study, out of the 40% of women who are part of labour force 20% experience a condition called dysmenorrhea that causes pain during menstruation. Menstrual leave is controversial because it is seen by some as a criticism of women’s work efficiency or as sexism.
In India, it is still considered a taboo for women to bleed every month for an average of 5 to 6 days. There are also women who bleed for half a month. It is difficult to keep yourself engaged in doing your work when your lower abdomen and lower back hurt and cause you pain. As a result of this pain and other hormonal changes occurring simultaneously, mood swings are a common side effect. In one moment she will happy, in the other moment frustrated and upset. These mood swings will definitely affect her work efficiency and indirectly the company’s efficiency. When on your periods, you require a comfortable place to be in peace while bleeding from below. Females don’t usually express how they feel during menstruation because it is considered as a taboo and a sign of impurity even today. She is told that she is overreacting and being dramatic whereas the pain she’s going through is devastating.
While on your period, you need to change your pads at least 3 to 4 times a day for hygiene purposes and to stay clean and fresh. On the first day, the pain and the flow, both are uncontrollable and unbearable and to keep your mind off that pain is a huge task.
This new year, a Kolkata-based digital media company has something special in store for its women employees. The one-year-old firm, FlyMyBiz, introduced a menstrual leave for their women employees who will get a one-day period leave every month from 2019.
Samyo Datta, the founder-CEO of FlyMyBiz, said, “All the women employees in my company will get one extra leave every month. This means, starting from January 2019, they will have twelve holidays as their period leaves in addition to their other holidays.” Samyo Datta has done something very different, thoughtful and practical. If all existing and upcoming organizations, companies, MNCs come up with this kind of introduction in their policies, why would they lose their employees and not get the anticipated results?
Just like this company , FlyMyBiz, it is quite fair and practical enough to grant one leave extra per month only on the first day of your menstrual cycle which means 12 leaves in a year (paid).
It is not something that is discriminatory or unfair, bleeding every month not by choice but as a part of being a woman shouldn’t be a problem or some kind of an embarrassment. It is high time that an understanding should be created for this part of a woman’s life and body.