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With or Against: The Controversiality of Menstrual Leave in Egypt

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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.

 

 

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Seoudi Supermarkets Partners with Drumstick Designs and Goes Green

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Drumstick is a design studio in Cairo, where they make product, furniture, packaging designs. Their latest work is one that gives hope to our environment, and a chance to save it.

Just yesterday, they announced their latest work for Seoudi Supermarket, and that is their fabric shopping bag, which folds up into a small pouch; so that it’s easy to carry around with you.

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Aaaaand they’re out!! Ladies and gents, we present to you our fabric shopping bag that folds up into a small pouch so that it can ALWAYS be with you ready for use wherever you go. This product is 100% financed and supported by Seoudi Supermarket. Yup, you read that correctly! These incredibly nice people completely encouraged and welcomed the idea and completely adopted it AND agreed for it to be a zero-profit project! It was so mind-shifting to witness this kind of mindfulness at that level of success. 💚 So yes!!! Yalla! We’re starting off in only in the 2 branches in Maadi and if it goes well we’re going to fabric bag the whole city! #drumstickdesigns #seoudisupermarket #cairo #egypt #environment #livegreen #ecofriendly #totebag #arabic

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This way, these fabric shopping bags can soon substitute plastic ones, if people are willing to cut down on their plastic use and go for the smarter, eco-friendlier choices.

The product is 100% financed and supported by Seoudi Supermarket, whereas they completely welcomed and encouraged the idea of adopting to it and agreed for this project to be a zero-profit one.

The fabric bags are only available in 2 branches in Maadi, but if it is off to a good start, they will soon ‘Fabric bag the whole city!

Our hope is that people’s attitude towards this idea, would be the same as Seoudi’s. And for them to accept this change, hopefully to be turned into a lifestyle.

 

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Mohamed Mamdouh Apologizes to the People Criticizing Him

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It looks like being a successful actor, who was capable of proving himself in the plenty of roles that he played, isn’t enough to get people off his back.

Mohamed Mamdouh has been proving himself each year as a competent actor, and this year was no different. However, people have been criticizing the actor for his short breath and pronunciation. Which was brought up in an interview with Al Arabya, to which his answer to this was a genuine apology.

But why should he be sorry? Such a flaw doesn’t make him any less of a good actor, and this flaw was even unnoticed by countless of his fans, who have been defending him since yesterday.

This brings us to an issue that not only celebrities face, but we do too, and that is bullying. It may not seem this way to some, because their claim could be that it’s merely their opinion, something the actor should work on. But it is a verbal bullying, and everyday we encounter the same thing.

What is merely your opinion, might affect the person’s self esteem and make them doubt themselves and their capabilities. Your comment about someone’s hair, body, or even their outfit, is one you should always keep to yourself. Because most of the time, people already know about their flaw, they just don’t like it when it’s pointed out to them.

Mohamed Mamdoud has been killing it in this year’s series ‘Qabeel‘, his portrayal of a person who’s severely manipulated by his mental illness is quite impressive. Not only that, but the way he’s mourning for his long gone wife, is giving us all the feels.

So why after giving a killer performance, should he be faced with such a criticism?

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GOT Fans Start a Petition Demanding a Full Remake of Season 8

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If you haven’t yet watched the latest episode of GOT then don’t through with this article, because spoilers lie ahead!

Even though episode 5 aired days ago, people still don’t seem to get over what happened during this horrific episode. They surely can’t accept that the breaker of chains turned mad, and ruined everything for us.

Now, people are taking their anger to a whole new level, where a new Change.org petition is circulating from a Night King–loving fan named Dylan D, asking HBO to remake the ENTIRE season ‘with competent writers’ instead of Thrones ShowrunnersDavid Benioff and D. B. Weiss.

“David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e., the books) to fall back on,” Dylan’s call to action reads. “This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”

The petition has been up for less than a week now and it’s already gotten almost 278,135 signatures from equally annoyed fans!

Here the link for the petition, for all the angry fans out there who are demanding the same!

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