Lucknow: An organisation of women teachers in Uttar Pradesh has started a campaign seeking three-day “period leave” for the educators.
Underlining the need for such a campaign, Uttar Pradesh Mahila Shikshak Sangh president Sulochana Maurya on Saturday (July 31) said three days period leave is necessary for women teachers, in view of the bad condition of toilets in government schools of the state.
“We formed this association on February 8 to work for the cause of women teachers who constitute almost 60% of the total strength of teachers in primary schools. The association already has its units in 50 of the 75 districts of the state,” she told PTI.
There are some women specific problems which can be raised effectively only by women and the association is working on them, Maurya said, adding that though there is representation of women in various associations, it is practically ornamental and men continue to dominate the proceedings.
She said the association has met ministers and handed over memoranda to press for their demand.
“A five-member delegation of the association met Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Minister Satish Chandra Dwivedi regarding the issue. He assured that he would discuss the issue with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. We have also met Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Labour Minister Swami Prasad Maurya,” Maurya said.
The campaign is currently trending on Twitter by the name ‘period leave#’.
“This kind of leave is being provided to women in Bihar. Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad had announced special period leave for two days, but we want three-day leave as we feel this is the need of women,” she asserted.
(With inputs from PTI)