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Spain is offering three days of menstrual leave every month

Spain is offering three days of menstrual leave every month

May 16, 2022: According to several media reports, the Spanish government is set to pass a law offering three days of menstrual leave a month for workers who experience severe period pain.

On Wednesday, the reform is part of a set of proposals around reproductive health and was first reported by Spanish radio station Cadena SER.

Other proposed measures enable girls between the ages of 16 and 17 to have an abortion without getting permission from their parents.

Women who are more likely to experience “menstrual poverty” and those in prison will also be given access to feminine hygiene products. The bill will also scrap a sales levy on these products. In addition, the bill is also proposing that educational institutions must provide feminine hygiene products when necessary.

According to other reports, the proposed legislation is set to be approved by the Spanish government in the coming week, making Spain the first Western nation to offer menstrual leave.

Japan, South Korea, and Zambia are among a few countries already offering menstrual leave.

A study of nearly 43,000 women in the Netherlands, published in 2019, found that 85% experienced painful periods, a condition also known as dysmenorrhea.

Discussing plans for the legislation in March, Angela Rodriguez, Spain’s secretary of state for equality and against gender violence, told Spain’s El Periodico that when the problem of severe period pain “cannot be solved medically, we believe that it is sensible that there is a temporary disability associated with this issue.”

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