Menstrual Leaves have been controversial ever since early 20th Century when it was introduced first. Write your opinion on why menstrual leaves should or shouldn’t be given. Share tips on how this can be useful to the women working force in India and South Asian communities and if you think menstrual leaves are not necessary, let us know why. What challenges does this pose for an employer as well as an employee?
Wikipedia says “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 this. Menstrual leave is controversial because it can be seen as a criticism of women’s work efficiency or as sexism.”
“The concept of menstrual leave started in Japan in the early 20th century. In the 1920s, Japanese labor unions started to demand leave (seiri kyuka) for their female workers. In 1947, a law was brought into force by the Japanese Labor Standards that allowed menstruating women to take days off work. Then a unique legislation of its kind, it is now found in a few countries. Debate continues as to whether it is a medical necessity or a discriminatory measure.”
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