Unpopular Belief: No Menstrual Leave

Authors: Pritha Chatterjee and Nikita Sultania, Students, Amity Law School, Amity University, Kolkata, India


Abstract Menstruation stigma is a form of misogyny. Negative taboos condition us to understand menstrual function as something to be hidden, something dishonourable and by not naming a thing, we reinforce the idea that the thing should not be named, owing to its impurity. Despite it being a natural phenomenon there is a lot of shaming, superstitions, secrecy and myths in society around it. At the onset, women struggled with not finding adequate representation in the workforce for themselves, now that this has been looked into, their issues have evolved. Glass ceiling, pay gap, gender roles are the major obstacles a woman faces on the path to do away with polarization. As a present trend, however, today’s women face a different problem, including the need to avail menstruation leave, apart from the already granted sick leave from their organisations. Menstrual leave is granted to a woman during her menstrual period each month, the days of leave could extend from the first day to the third, depending on the policy of the company. This paper throws light on how different Asian countries deal with the idea of menstrual leave with special emphasis on the Indian scenario. The authors have further conducted an online survey to understand the viewpoint of the society, to find out whether the toll on a woman's image, in the professional world, outweighs the physical relief they get by seeking menstrual leave. The authors have tried to find out whether menstrual leave increases workplace bias that already exists pertaining to the special policies implemented for their protection. The authors do not at any point deny that menstrual pain differs from person to person, they have provided certain alternative methods that can be adopted by different organisations in lieu of menstrual leave.

Keywords: Menstrual leave, Gender Biasness, Rights at Workplace.


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