New Delhi— On the occasion of World Menstruation-Hygiene Day, a seminar on Paid Period Leave was organized at Bihar Niwas to promote the campaign for demanding paid period leave.
A song and documentary were also released during the event. The song titled 'Paid Period Leave' was written and filmed by Mr. Sumant Yadav, with Homendra Bharti and Diksha Dhangar as the singers.
The song was produced by Mayaru Studios and broadcasted on May 28 on Khabar Lok channel.
Amit Katruka, during the program, emphasized the campaign and announced the implementation of PAID PERIOD leave for all women working in his brick factory. Additionally, a documentary based on Sand art was screened and published by Lok Media Channel.
Lalan Kumar, MLA of the Bihar Legislative Assembly, was the chief guest at the event. In the past, he raised the demand during the budget session of the Bihar Assembly to implement Paid Period Leave in private sectors. Ranjeeta Priyadarshini, who is from Odisha, quit her job and started this paid period leave campaign. During this phase, she met leaders from many states and submitted a memorandum to implement paid period leave.
Given this background, the seminar held at Bihar Niwas was of great importance. After releasing the song for paid period leave, Mr. Sumant Yadav, the director of the song, announced the production of a film with the same name. The speakers described this campaign as a context to recognize women as individuals.
Menstruation is a matter related to women's health and their reproductive rights. In a conversation with the media, Ranjeeta mentioned that she faced a lot of trouble during her job due to the lack of leave during menstruation. This made her realize that there are many other women like her in India who suffer during those difficult days. To help them, she quit her job and launched the Paid Period Leave campaign in 2022.
As part of the campaign, Ranjeeta has visited several states, including Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, and Uttarakhand. During these visits, she met with labor ministers and politicians, urging them to implement paid period leave in their respective states.
Furthermore, Ranjeeta Priyadarshini has also approached the owners of private companies and institutions, successfully implementing paid periods for working women in over 20 private organizations across several states.
Sanjeev Chandan, Editor of Streekal, CRPF Board Member in Chhattisgarh, Dr. Asha, Supreme Court Advocate, Anita Mohapatra, among others, spoke on the need for paid leave and supported this campaign during the event.
Roots to Bloom, an educational institution based on Kursi Road in Lucknow, has been supporting Ranjeeta Priyadarshini, and her paid period leave campaign since its inception.