According to a study done in 2017 by women’s fertility and health tracker, Maya, almost 68% of Indian women have severe period-related symptoms such as cramps, tiredness, and bloating.
For such women, period leaves can be a boon. In fact, period leaves shouldn't just be the privilege that women in white-collar jobs can access, and it is imperative that women from rural sectors, low-income households are also given this benefit. (News18)
Unsurprisingly, the ‘period leave’ debate has evoked mixed reactions from employers and employees in India. The conversation came to light after Indian foodtech unicorn Zomato announced that it has decided to grant 10 days of paid leave to women and transgender people for their periods.
Soon, people (with and without uteruses) across social media jumped in to share their opinion, which ranged from why this move is the greatest idea ever to why it could lead to even fewer women in the workforce.