Friday, May 13, 2022

Up to five days off: the first EU country Spain wants to introduce "menstrual leave".

 Many girls and women experience excruciating menstruation pain. Many people find it difficult or impossible to work or learn because of their symptoms before and during their period.

Photo by Polina Zimmerman:

Spain now wants to be the first European country to pass legislation allowing women over the age of 16 to be excused from work due to severe menstrual pain. According to the Spanish daily "El Pais," temporary incapacity to work should last at least three days every month. The legislation will be included in the new abortion law, which will be voted on by the Spanish parliament next week. However, amendments to the idea are still feasible until then.

Several countries already have "menstrual leave.

According to the draft, if a woman experiences extreme pain, cramps, colic, nausea, dizziness, or vomiting during her menstrual cycle, a doctor can extend the three-day sick leave to up to five days. Medically-related vacations are already available in South Korea, Japan, and Indonesia, among other places.

Pakistan should also introduce 'menstrual leave'.


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