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A Russian lawmaker has asked parliament to give women two days paid leave a month when they menstruate,a move that has irked rights activists

Written by Reuters | Moscow | Published: July 31, 2013 1:02 am

A Russian lawmaker has asked parliament to give women two days paid leave a month when they menstruate,a move that has irked rights activists worried over creeping conservatism since Vladimir Putin resumed the presidency.

Mikhail Degtyaryov,a member of LDPR party,wrote on his website that he had proposed a draft law to increase protection of women at the workplace.

“During that period (of menstruation),most women experience psychological and physiological discomfort. The pain for the fair sex is often so intense that it is necessary to call an ambulance,” said Degtyaryov,32,married with two sons.

Degtyaryov,a candidate in a Moscow mayoral election on Sept. 8 who is polling at less than one per cent support,said pain during menstruation heightened fatigue,reduced memory and efficiency,and provoked emotional discomfort.

Human rights campaigners have already dismissed the proposal as sexist. “This argument is obviously improper,unreasonable and nothing close to being serious,” said Anna Sobko,a lawyer at Memorial,Russia’s oldest human rights group.

Marina Pisklakova-Parker,head of a women’s group,said,“If we are seriously debating women’s efficiency during menstruation,we should also consider how fit men are after a drinking bout,” she said.

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