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.