Paid days off for menstruation is something a Russian lawmaker is proposing. NBC News reports July 30 that menstruating women who work would get two days off per month in a draft law Mikhail Degtyaryov, a nationalist LDPR party member associated with Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has written up.
Degtyarvov said this in his proposal for women taking paid leave for menstruating:
“During that period (of menstruation), most women experience psychological and physiological discomfort. The pain for the fair sex is often so intense that it is necessary to call an ambulance.”
Degtyarvov, who is running for Moscow mayoral election, further stated that when women are having their periods fatigue sets in, memory is more clouded, and they’re less efficient at their work.
The report said human rights activists are outraged at the paid days off proposal for menstruation. They feel it’s a sexist thing to do.
Marina Pisklakova-Parker, who’s head of the women’s group, Anna Center, is strongly opposed to the proposal.
“If we are seriously debating women’s efficiency at work during menstruation, we should also consider how fit for work men are after a drinking bout,” she said.
A lot of debate surrounds the menstruation paid time off proposal. A lot of women do experience painful periods and are in so much discomfort, they must leave the workplace.
Do you think there should be paid days off for menstruating women?