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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.

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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Yasmine Abuelnaga 12 years of success

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Why did you choose to remain a home Designer?

To me life is all about taking in and accepting challenges that lead to consistent growth and success. What inspired me to remain a home designer is this challenge of transforming bricks and stones into finalized and fully furnished projects to be enjoyed by our customers. Turning dreams into reality is the essence that I always work upon achieving, and with being a home designer I get to see this essence come to life with every project I complete.

Can we know the daily routine of Yasmine Abuelnaga?

My daily routine revolves around my two main jobs, which is an architect and a devoted mother. My day starts out with early site visits where I examine the work in progress and ensure that everything is being completed and handled professionally. After these visits, I then go to my office, which to me is where all the magic happens. My office is where all the creative juices are released and designs are planned out and adjusted to accommodate to the customers’ preferences. After that I ensure that the implementation process complies with the designs I have planned out by visiting the sites on a daily basis. I also take in any new project proposals and sit with potential customers to discuss plans for their future homes. After a long working day, I then set off to my second job which is being a mother of two. At night my life is devoted to them and their needs, to balance out between my work life and my mom duties.

 

 

What are you thinking about when you design a house?

The first thing I consider when designing a house is the personality of my customer. Before implementing and finalizing any designs I need to ensure that it suites and adjusts to my customer’s personality, which is the core of any good design. I believe that every house should resemble its owner, with its unique elements and designs in order to create a strong connection with the customer while allowing the house to embody the customer’s character. This is what creates the true feeling of “home” which is why it is the basis of all my designs.

Do you follow the trend that is happening around the world or do you have your own taste?

My designs are based upon a mixture of both trends in the world with a combination of my taste alongside the customers’ taste as well. I do not base my designs off of global trends as they become less unique and may not accommodate to the desires and personality of my client. I usually use global trends as an inspiration to create unique designs and to think of new recommendations for my clients’ preferences.
how do you reconcile your work and personal life

The hardest part of my job is managing both my work life and my personal life. Even though this remains a challenge, the most suitable solution was to separate my day depending on my duties. I allocate the morning time for work, while the kids are in school or training, then at night I am devoted completely to my family and personal life. At night I focus on my kids and their plans, and I squeeze in any personal things I need to complete. Even though I have succeeded in balancing both my work and personal life, I still struggle to have some alone time, but with every success journey comes a sacrifice that you need to accommodate to.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Growth is my primary focus and goal when it comes to my future aspirations. I have a consistent desire and dream to grow my operations and my business alongside the projects I take. I want to work on a larger scale, while being more recognized across various locations, alongside working with a larger team to increase our scale of operations and our professional capabilities. Through this I also aspire to take on much bigger projects, rather than only residential ones, to help replicate my vision and designs across various different platforms.

How is it possible for you to succeed in the industry when almost every one is a man?

I believe that every woman is capable of doing the same things as a man, especially if she is well respected and highly regarded in her work environment. It may seem difficult entering a field that is dominated by males; however this just creates an even greater opportunity as it allows me to prove myself and to show that women can make dreams happen too. The most important aspect is to be firm, and portray your strong and diligent personality in order to be well respected by your staff and employees.
Another very crucial point that I believe a women is better at, specifically in my field, are the very small details that truly make a difference. There are some aspects in interior design that are very small that only women usually notice, which makes us further excel in our job. To me these small details are everything in order to deliver the perfected finishing to the projects handled, which makes women just as great, if not even greater, than competitors in the field.

What do you recommend to anyone who wants to change their house?

I recommend that anyone who wants to change their house to not simply follow or copy the trends or designs of another house that they find appealing, instead they should focus on their personal preferences and ensure that their personality is embedded in the designs chosen. If anyone disregards this aspect, the connection between the house and its owner will be lost as it will not resemble their true character.

Who are the influenced people in the life of Yasmine Abuelnaga?

I am influenced by everyone around me; therefore I also try to leave an influence on those I cross paths with. I try to ensure that I influence every customer I work with, every team member, and every individual I come across while helping them embrace and be proud of who they are as individuals and expressing their unique qualities in their daily lives. I also work to influence the lives of my customers ensuring they are experiencing maximum satisfaction and comfort in their new homes, while turning their dream home into reality. I also leave an influence on my loved ones to ensure that they are always following their dreams and working hard on achieving them, always teaching them lessons I learned throughout my long journey to reaching the point I am at today. I also constantly encourage them to always be proud of who they are and what they’ve accomplished and never lose hope on achieving their dreams.

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ABU ‘MALEK EL FABRAKA’

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ABU’s latest hit causes a tropical storm this summer!
The fresh wave of Summer brings pop prince ABU’s latest album ‘An El Awan’ onto
our shores. The latest track ‘Malek El Fabraka’ recently released, saturating us with
fresh and vibrant summer vibes to enjoy the sunny season! Setting the pace for the
rest of the seven track Album, with each subsequent track being released in three to
four weeks one after another. The next song to be released after ‘Malek El Fabraka’ is
set to be the bombshell ‘Maleket El Helween’.


Written by Mahmoud Salah, composed and distributed by Meno, ‘Malek El
Fabraka’ in Abu’s eyes has “a new lyrical style than what came before it. The thing I like
most about the song’s lyrics is the message, that we all live in the era of make believe,
everyone making everything up. Feeling realistic, it’s about someone who was in a bad
place in his life, as he discovers the person who hurt him and took the decision to cut
them out, and that ultimately he could overcome his pain. We somehow get stuck in
relationships and we feel that there is no way out or that we don’t have other
alternatives and I wanted to tap into that”.


This is the second lyric video Abu released after previous hit ‘Hateegy’. He has a
new concept when it comes to releasing clips as he stated “I plan to be adding some
variety to the album, in which not all tracks will be released with music videos, some will
be animated and some will be interesting lyric videos or visually exciting pieces of
content”. His developed style, desire to delve deeper into the soul and turmoils of love
show a unique progression in Abu’s style, with only more layers to be uncovered with
his new album

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EL KING MOHAMED MOUNIR EL EKHTEYAR 2

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A ripple coursed through the hearts of Egyptians as we all watched Al Ekhteyar 2 while the emotionally moving ‘Dhalin’ by the King Mohamed Mounir played. A piece mourning the brave ‘Oasis martyrs’ who lost their lives in service to their homeland. Captivating the emotions of millions across the country, capturing their feelings of regret and sorrow and transforming it into a song manifesting the pride and resilience of a nation.

Mounir drew upon the talents of those he knew would be necessary to bring justice to the piece’s subject matter. The captivating song that brought the king to tears during the recording, is a product of favorite poet Nasr El Din Nagy, the artist behind the moving lyrics and was composed and arranged by the remarkable Ahmed Farhat.

Delivering a piece that the King intended to remind us of the strength and spirit Egyptians present in the face of adversity. Exemplified by the Egyptian army’s heroism in the fight against terrorism. Mounir’s words echo the chant within the hearts of all our countrymen, “Glory to the martyrs and long live Egypt.”.

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