Paid off days for painful periods? Who does that, right?
Well, apparently one organisation in Australia.
The Victoria’s Women’s Trust, a women’s advocacy organisation in Australia has been offering period leave or menstrual leave to its employees for the past 18 months.
The menstrual leave policy was introduced after the organization launched a large research project called The Waratah Project, exploring how women collectively think about menstruation and menopause.
The report has left most Kenyans in awe.
According to Victorian Women’s Trust period days do not count as “sick leave,” but are specifically provided for those monthly occasions when a woman might request to stay home due to uncomfortable menstrual-related symptoms.
Now, the organization is encouraging other employers to introduce similar menstrual policies, and it even provides a “menstrual policy template” for employers to download online to integrate into their own organizations.