In a country like India, where we have succeeded in becoming a world power and are thriving each day to cross the benchmark of development, the irony is, menstruation is still a taboo. People openly don’t use the term menstruation, addressing the effects of menstruation on health is a topic which still hasn’t hit the tables. But women and girls across the country, don’t worry! Finally, a bill aimed solely for us has touched the Parliament.
Shri Ninong Ering, Member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh had filed a Menstruation Benefits Bill, 2017 in the winter session of Lok Sabha. The following bill has been selected for discussion in the next private meetings. A roundtable discussion on the Menstruation Benefit Bill would be held at Constitutional Club of India, New Delhi. The bill will be presented on 23rd March 2018 during the Private Members’ Business of the Parliament.
One of the main clauses of the bill entitles women with 2 days of paid menstrual leave. The other aim of this bill is to provide the better facility of rest for women during menstruation at the workplace. Owing to the fact that during menstruation, especially the first and second day, many women go through unbearable cramps and are the least productive. Hence the admission of this bill is a revolution in the labor laws. Although many organizations and a school in Kerala grant menstrual leave but there were no such laws or points related to menstruation in our constitution prior to this bill. This bill has seen a support in incredible numbers from various media and public sectors. The other interesting fact about this bill is that many civil coaching institutes have included this bill in their curriculum.
The roundtable discussion of the Menstruation Benefits Bill will welcome dignitaries from various fields come forth and keep their points on making this bill more efficient and ways in which our expertise and resources could be utilized in this area.
Its 21st century, yet it is such a shame that we still consider menstruation a thing of taboo. The first step in breaking the shackles of this conception is accepting that menstruation is a normal physiological process just like digestion or respiration. So, let’s take a step forward and support this campaign which will help in making the lives of our mothers, sisters, wives, friends and other women a little better.
She has a #right2rest too!
Sign the petition here –
WHEN? – 22nd March, 2018, 6:30 pm onwards
WHERE? – Constitution Club of India, New Delhi
*Entry is by strict invitation only
Call – 7835966839 for further queries.

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