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Mama Earth Founder Joins Debate On Period Leave Says Might Set Back Equality

Ghazal Alagh said fighting for period leave might set back the hard-earned equality. New Delhi: Beauty brand Mama Earth’s

Mama Earth Founder Joins Debate On Period Leave Says Might Set Back Equality


Ghazal Alagh said fighting for period leave might set back the hard-earned equality.

New Delhi:

Beauty brand Mama Earth’s co-founder Ghazal Alagh has joined the debate over menstrual leave, which has become the talk of the town after Union Minister Smriti Irani brought up the issue in the Parliament.  

Ms Alagh, in a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), suggests a “better solution” instead of giving women paid period leave.

The 35-year-old said that for centuries women have fought for their rights and equal opportunities and now fighting for period leave might set back the hard-earned equality.

The debate started last week when Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, while responding to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, told the Lok Sabha that there is “no proposal under the consideration of the government to make provision for paid menstrual leave mandatory for all workplaces”.

The issue came up again on Wednesday when Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Manoj Jha posed a question  on the menstrual hygiene policy in the upper house. He asked if the government was taking any measures to make it compulsory for employers to provide menstrual leave.

In response, Ms Irani said, “As a menstruating woman, menstruation and the menstruation cycle is not a handicap, it’s a natural part of women’s life journey… We should not propose issues where women are denied equal opportunities just because somebody who does not menstruate has a particular viewpoint towards menstruation.”

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has formulated a draft menstrual hygiene policy in consultation with stakeholders, Ms Irani informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.





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