Menstrual Leaves for Women

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According to a recent study, 10% of women experience severe menstrual pain which is often associated with primary and secondary dysmenorrhea.

The pain increases in the first few years of the menstrual cycle, but many women report having primary dysmenorrhea well into their twenties and thirties and have had their pain has been dismissed.

Under the Menstrual Benefit Bill, organizations (public and private) are mandated to provide optional paid menstrual leave, and to provide adequate sanitary facilities to their employees.

Similar to the Maternity Benefits Act, 2017 the Menstrual Benefits Bill will strive to meet the physiological differences between the biological sexes. It is in line with Article-15(3) of the Indian constitution in that it empowers the state to make special provisions for women and children.

Period pain is at times seen as something natural and as something that a woman needs to deal with. It is time for us to put these beliefs behind us and work together in a way that does not demean or desensitize natural processes like menstruation. Period pain is real pain, and it is time that we all come to accept it and ensure that a large group of women don’t suffer in silence.

This is not a battle of the sexes. It is a fight for equality in the workplace.