Menstrual Hygiene and Women’s Rights: Unveiling Truths from Everteen’s 2023 Survey
The 8th Annual Everteen Menstrual Hygiene Survey 2023 provides invaluable insights into women’s perspectives on menstruation and its implications on their rights and workplace equality. The survey engaged nearly 10,000 women from the age group of 18 to 35 years, from various Indian cities.
A key finding of the survey is that 73% of women want companies to allow women to take menstrual leaves, indicating a demand for recognition of menstruation as a natural biological process that deserves consideration in workplace policies. However, 71.7% of women do not want these leaves to be paid, suggesting apprehensions that such provisions could adversely affect their employability.
Furthermore, the survey revealed that 86.6% of women favor the concept of a menstrual-friendly workplace where menstrual hygiene methods and support infrastructure are readily available. Yet, only a small percentage of women feel comfortable discussing menstrual periods at their workplace, suggesting a need for a change in societal and workplace attitudes towards menstruation.
Taken together, these findings emphasize the need for a paradigm shift in societal norms and corporate policies, to ensure gender equality and uphold women’s rights in the context of menstrual hygiene.