Madrid, 21 February 2023 (TDI): In a recent development the Spanish government has approved easing the policies for women in the country during the menstrual cycle.

Women will now have the option to take their monthly menstrual leave for three to five days if they feel uncomfortable during their periods.

On February 16, Spain passed a number of sexual and reproductive rights laws, including ones over abortion and transgender rights, making it the first nation in Europe to grant workers the right to paid menstruation leave.

On the occasion, Irene Montero, the nation’s Equality Minister mentioned that the menstrual leaves will be funded by the Government.

The landmark decision has been lauded by the women in Spain and the entire world highly appreciated such a logical legal development.

The Minister also mentioned that this decision is momentous in terms of women’s health. This law has provided women with the right to paid absence during their periods. Women will be allowed to take leave while they are menstruating.

Out of 185 votes cast in the parliament, 154 were in favor of this measure that was approved in Spain. Presently, women are provided time off during their periods in a few nations.

These include Japan, Indonesia, and Zambia, among other nations. The Spanish Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology estimates that roughly one-third of women endure extremely painful periods.

Women suffer from severe pain during menstruation for four to five days of the month. This pain frequently has an impact on both their professional and personal lives.

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Zartasha Niazi
Ms. Zartasha Niazi is Communication, Advocacy, and Media expert who working with development and humanitarian both national and international organizations for the last 13 years. Her areas of expertise include designing and developing robust communications strategies including positioning of social media, storytelling, and filmmaking on both humanitarian and development issues and advocating for the rights of women and marginalized segments of society. During her services to CARE International in Pakistan, she awarded with "Best Communicator Award" from CARE Global. She is currently leading the Action for Impact. Started her career in 2008, She has traveled to Switzerland, and represented Pakistan at United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland several times to advocate and communicate the rights of the marginalized. Through her innovative approach, she initiated various campaigns in different organizations on Gender Equality, Maternal Reproductive Health, and WASH. In addition, she is associated with National Youth Assembly, Women Democratic Front, and Every Women Treaty. Her poetic blog book “Words of Wisdom” was recently published, in which she tried to come up with inspirational quotes and poetry for women's empowerment, humanity, and peace. Her other publications include articles on women empowerment and climate change, Policy Monitor on the implementation of 18th Constitutional Amendment, Human Rights Report 2009 Jammu & Kashmir, FAFEN Fortnightly Newsletter, CARE Quarterly Newsletter, Pakistan Humanitarian Forum weekly bulletin, quarterly newsletter, and monthly reports, Infographics to Eradicate Poverty, Documentaries on gender equality and sexual and reproductive health, and several research briefs.