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Pioneering Period Policy For The Workplace

Pioneering Period Policy for the workplace

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Newspapers around the world recently reported ‘A Bristol company is planning to create an official “period policy” designed to allow women to take time off without being stigmatised in the hope it will make its workplace more efficient and creative’

Alexandra, co-founder of Red School,  has been invited by Bex Baxter at Co-Exist in Bristol to develop a period policy for their staff.  Yes, you read that right…an organisation that wants to be more menstrual friendly. Our fun name for it is Pioneering Period Policy. The first part of the day will be open to the community—anyone can join the meeting/debate, so do join us if you are in the vicinity. There will be a small fee to help cover costs.

It’s happening on 15 March 2016 at Hamilton House, Bristol.

To book your place click here

And then in the afternoon Alexandra, along with her sidekick environmental consultant and Women’s Quest apprentice, Pam McCarthy, will work with this organisation’s management team to draft up a policy. Already we know of two organisations, Treesisters and Babes in the Woods, that give women flexibility around their period, which can include a day off. We also know of individual women who have taken a stand for this time in their workplaces even though there is no policy. And we also know of women who are being penalised for taking time out because of severe menstrual pain. We’d be interested to hear any thoughts, stories or experiences you have had on this. And if possible we hope you will give us permission to share these experiences, anonymously if you’d prefer.

Period Policy in the press

We enjoyed this take from an Economist on the potential benefits for including a period policy in the workplace. If you are an organisation that would like to integrate this flexibility with your staff, do get in touch with us for support in creating your period policy.

Contact our Period Policy Officer Pam McCarthy 

 

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  1. Read ‘Red Moon’ by Miranda Gray, this makes total sense, hopefully in ten years we will all be working to our cycles and there will be no more pain . .
    🙂
    for the men around too
    😉
    and better attunement to the Earth Planets and Moon’s cycles too x x x x x well done x x x the more we attune to our cycles then pmt and period pain disappear as we honour our femininity, i have noticed in myself that when I have pain it is because i havent been listening to my body in the last week or more, which is normally trying to ‘do’ too much, not resting and mediating or going into nature enough. i am very sensitive to impressions from others around that time, so need time out lying on my back, almost having visions, and need several hours more sleep too … happy moon times to you all my sisters x x

    1. ps that is what listening to my body showed me, on what I need around my moontime;i feel to say that for you it could be something else that comes when you tune into what you need. x

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