The Zambian government has sparked outrage after coming up with holidays for women when they are on their periods. The law, which binds all employers and must be strictly adhered to, is taken once every month by women to take care of themselves and rest while menstruating.
The law which is known as Mother’s Day applies to all women, whether or not they have children. Women can take the one day off when they want in a month and do not have to provide any medical justification, leading some to question the provision. Also, women do not need prior notice for the one day holiday, all they need to just do is call their employer in the morning to let them know they are taking their ‘Mother’s day’ break for the month.
Unmarried PR personel, Ndekela Mazimba, said she takes her Mother’s Day every month because of her grueling period pains.
“I think it’s a good law because women go through a lot when they are on their menses [periods]. You might find that on the first day of your menses, you’ll have stomach cramps – really bad stomach cramps. You can take whatever painkillers but end up in bed the whole day.
“And sometimes, you find that someone is irritable before her menses start, but as they progress, it gets better. So, in my case, it’s just the first day to help when the symptoms are really bad.”