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A day off per month when you have your period? Hell yeah!

Brooke by Brooke
February 1st, 2017
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Any woman knows that ‘that’ time of the month is about as much fun as pulling your teeth out. It’s different for everyone, for me I fall into the feeling pretty shit-house category when it comes to periods.

I have endometriosis so that time of the month comes with all sorts of uncomfortable pain that no amount of panadol will cure. Pretty much every second woman I know has the dreaded endo, but still, we’re expected to work and go about our business as per usual. No-one complains about it and if they do it’s always with a whisper, like it’s something to be embarrassed about. And as for ever taking a day off when you have a period from hell? I’m pretty sure I am speaking on behalf of most women when I say that is something that never happens. I personally would feel too guilty to do it, I would worry that people wouldn’t take me seriously and that it wasn’t  deemed ‘worthy’ to take a day off for.

But the South African country of Zambia doesn’t believe women should have to suffer in silence.

They have passed a law, discreetly called Mother’s Day, that allows women to be absent from work without notice or a doctor’s note to help them cope with menstrual bleeding, pain and cramps.

“Mother’s Day is a very progressive law,” said Madube Siyauya, of the Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC), an umbrella body of Zambian action groups.

They have passed a law, discreetly called Mother’s Day, that allows women to be absent from work without notice or a doctor’s note to help them cope with menstrual bleeding, pain and cramps.

“Some women have heavy flows, some of them have a lot of pain or vomiting. So it’s a very important day that allows women to attend to their biological needs and continue their work without being susceptible to discrimination.”

But not everyone is in favour of the new law. There have been a lot of complaints from Zambian men and even some women who say the day off is widely abused. And in many cases  Zambian women allege that employers put pressure on female workers to not take their Mother’s Day.

“Of course there has been some complaints here and there but women go at different times. There is no documentary evidence of low productivity,” tells said Madube.

If you were in a lot of pain and vomiting with any other sickness you’d take the day off, right? I know I would, so I can’t see why not for period pain.

Would you be in favour of this law in Australia?

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