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With or Against: The Controversiality of Menstrual Leave in Egypt



Menstrual paid leave is a type of leave that are given to women from their employer, if she is menstruating and is unable to work because of the pain she is experiencing during this time.

The concept isn’t new as some may claim, seeing how it first started in the early 20th in Japan, after World War II. According to the 1947 Labor Standards Law, any woman who experiences painful periods and her job is to exacerbate her pains then she was allowed seirikyuuka (meaning ‘physiological leave’).

Now, this issue is being opened on social media outlets by several people in Egypt, the idea that of course was considered controversial and was met with several different views on the matter. Discussing whether or not, this should be implemented in Egypt.

While some accepted and welcomed the idea, others considered it as an inequality between males and females in the workforce.

One agency ‘Shark and Shrimp’ actually took the positive initiative and implemented the leave, whereas they decided to give their female employees two days off, and that is in consideration to both their physical and psychological well-being.

Rania Youssef, the HR manager of the company, explained that in reading about menstrual leave on several Facebook pages, she decided to discuss the idea with the manager, who approved it right away.

She further explained that employees work 10 hours per week for four days, which means that any female will get two days off monthly. This action, she says, was taken in the hope to provide a comfortable environment for women.

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فخورون بإدخال مصر ضمن قائمة الدول العالمية التي تمنح المرأة أجازة أثناء "الفترة المرهقة" والبالغ عددهم 10 دول، وجعل مصر الدولة الأولى في الوطن العربي التي تنفذ مثل هذا القرار مراعاة لطبيعة المرأة وحالتها النفسية والجسدية في هذا التوقيت من كل شهر. وجدير بالذكر أن تطبيق قرار منح أجازة للنساء في فترة الحيض في الدول الأوروبية كان يشتمل على بعض الإشتراطات منها على سبيل المثال : – تقديم ورقة طبية تثبت لصاحب العامل أنها في فترة الدورة الشهرية. – حصول المرأة على نصف الراتب المخصص لهذا اليوم وليس الأجر كاملًا. -بعض الدول تمنح تلك الأجازة لمدة ثلاثة أيام ولكنها غير مدفوعة الأجر تمامًا. وأخيرًا قررت شركة شارك آند شريمب، منح شريكات النجاح الأجازة يوم واحد مدفوع الأجر كاملًا بدون خصومات أو تقديم ما يثبت ذلك على أن يتم التنسيق مع مسئولة شئون العاملين فقط

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One of the well-known figures who commented on the topic is Amr Adeeb, who found the call for such a leave as unreasonable and ridiculous, also demanded that if women were allowed a one week paid leave, then men must be given an equal leave. He also expressed his worry about work inefficiency that will occur; due to such a decision.

Although Adeeb gave some respectable and valid points of views, some may beg to differ that the pain a woman feels during this period is one that shouldn’t belittled. Also, a menstrual leave doesn’t have to be as long as of a week, it can only be a couple of days, because that is actually all the time a woman would need to rest.

While others might agree with Amr Adeeb’s point of views, and would argue that it is difficult for an organization to create alternative options for getting the work done, which will result in the productivity of the organization coming down. And this may actually lead some companies to choose to hire men over women, in fear of inefficiency. Moreover, there is a slight chance for some women to misuse the leave, therefore promoting for escapism in work.

On the other hand, productivity level can actually go up according to the state of mind women have towards their employer, and if it is a positive one, more and more women will be encouraged to participate in the country’s workforce. Also, by addressing these issues and contrary to many perceptions, this will reduce the menstrual taboos and this policy will enable women to ask for menstrual leave.

Menstrual leave has become a controversial topic because we allowed it to become one, it is seen by some as a criticism of women’s work efficiency, when actually it has already been implemented in several countries such as Japan, Taiwan, several provinces in China, Indonesia and South Korea have already implemented menstrual leave policies for women.




Russell Brand in Negotiations to Join Gal Gadot in ‘Death on the Nile’




Russell Brand is currently in negotiations to take on a role in the film ‘Death on the Nile’ that is based on Agatha Christie’s novel, and to be directed by Kenneth Branagh.

‘Death on the Nile‘ will be the sequel to “Murder on the Orient Express’ which was brought to life by Branagh in 2017. This new adaptation will follow the famous detective Hercule Poirot while he investigates a murder that took place aboard a Nile cruise touring Egypt, with a love triangle as a bonus!

The movie is currently in pre-production and Russell Brand might be joining the cast soon that already includes Gal Gadot, Kenneth Baranagh and Leitia Wright.

Shooting is set to begin this September, with the movie set to hit theaters in October 2020.


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Kylie Jenner And Kim Kardashian’s First Fragrance Will Finally Hit Shelves Soon!




After four months of delay for the release of Kim and Kylie’s first fragrance together, they have finally announced the release date on Instagram and it is soon!

Taking to Instagram, the KKW Beauty founder wrote, “I’m so excited for my first ever @kkwfragrance collab with @kyliejenner!!! The collection features three lip-shaped bottles in red, pink, and nude for $40 each. I can’t wait for you guys to see how amazing these scents are!!! Launching to on Friday, 08.23 at 12pm pst.”

The perfume will retail at Dhs146 and will hit shelves starting of next Friday 23 August at 11 PM.

The name of the fragrance hasn’t been announced yet, all we know is that the shape of the bottle which is an XL pair of lips. The perfume will be available in three different shades of pink.



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Egypt to Construct First Ever Vertical Forest in New Capital




Egypt will house Africa’s very first vertical forest in the New Administrative Capital, the forest will consist of three 30m by 30m cube-shaped apartment towers all covered in planted terraces.

According to a CNN report, the seven story-high buildings will be home for around 350 tress and 14 thousands shrubs of more than 100 species.

The vertical forest is designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri, whom designs usually focus on including environmental implications in the hope of putting a limit to footprint. According to his website, the vertical forest scheme is a “project for the environmental survival of contemporary cities designed to promote the coexistence of architecture and nature in urban areas”.

The constructing of these three towers is set to be completed by 2023 and hopefully will be able to combat the side effects of pollution and help resolve the issue of climate change by covering the towers in greenery.

Stefano Boeri’s three cube-shaped vertical forest apartment blocks is a collaboration with Egyptian designer Shimaa Shalash, and also the Italian landscape architect Laura Gatti.

“There are many ways to make the city green, this vertical forest is a less expensive and faster way of dealing with climate change. The objective of the vertical forest is to limit pollution. These are small efforts, but they are very important. And making people plant trees is the best way to involve them.” Boeri said.

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