Kerala Plans Menstrual Leave
Menstrual leave to students Kerala plans to Grant!
Do women need a break when menstruating?
What is a menstrual leave?
As the name suggests, it is a type of leave where menstruators can opt for paid or unpaid leave from their workplace. The idea remains hotly debated and most companies still do not provide the option of menstrual leaves. While India is yet to have a policy on the subject, Bihar has been giving menstrual leaves to working women since 1992. Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Zambia are among the countries that offer menstruation benefits to their female workforce. Last year, Spain passed a bill that provides menstrual leave for women.
Child Care Leave –
Female Government servants appointed to the civil services and posts in connection with the affairs of the union are eligible for child care to leave under rule 43-C of the central civil services rules, 1972 as follows:
(1) For a maximum period of seven hundred and thirty days during the entire service for taking care of two eldest surviving children up to the age of 18 years.
(2) No age limit in case of a disabled child.
(3) For not more than three spells in a calendar year.
(4) In the case of a single female government servant, the grant of CCL in three spells in a calendar year shall be extended to six spells in a calendar year.
Not everyone menstruator has the same experience. Stomach cram each cramp, nausea, and mood swing are some common symptoms that affect most menstruators. However, the level of physical pain, emotional turmoil, and discomfort differ from person to person, while some can manage work or go about their daily activities like any other day, others may not even be able to get out of bed because of the severity of their symptoms. The negative impacts of such policies include ” Perpetuating sexist beliefs and attitudes, contributing to menstrual stigma and perpetuating gender stereotypes, negatively impacting the gendered wage gap, and reinforcing the medicalization of menstruation”.