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Should Individuals Be Allowed Paid Period Leave?
Often barriers still exist that prevent women from being able to take this leave.
Taboos around menstruation mean that women
might feel uncomfortable or embarrassed
about taking this leave.
There may be information gap about the existence of such polices; in South Korea,
are unaware of their right to request menstrual leave.
Women may not want to take this leave because they believe that they will be judged by their co-workers or it will affect their job performance.
In South Korea,
women refrain from taking paid menstrual leave
due to concerns about the burden their leave will have on co-workers.
If women work in high-stress jobs, they might not take the leave despite needing it as they
find it impossible to catch up on their work
A policy of paid period leave instated by the government is likely to have important signalling effects to indicate to the wider public that women taking out time for menstrual health is not a taboo practice.
In countries such as South Korea, women are
entitled to additional pay
if they do not use their menstrual leave.