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Spain may approve 3-day menstrual leave

Além do direito à ausência de três dias no trabalho, o texto prevê outras medidas para melhorar a saúde menstrual.

In addition to the right to a three-day absence from work, the text provides for other measures to improve menstrual health.| Photo: Pixabay

A project of law is being processed in Spain and could make the country the first in Europe to offer sick leave to women who suffer from severe pain during their menstrual period. The “menstrual license” will be approved by the Spanish Executive next week.

“It is important to clarify what painful menstruation is. We are not talking about mild discomfort, but serious symptoms such as diarrhea, severe headaches, fever”, pointed out the Spanish Secretary of State for Equality, Angela Rodriguez, who is one of the main names behind the project, in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Periodico. Menstrual leaves are already recognized in some countries, such as Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea and Zambia.

In addition to the right to a three-day absence from work, the text provides for other measures to improve menstrual health. One is the requirement that schools provide sanitary pads for girls. If passed, the law would include the distribution of tampons to women in marginalized social circumstances. In addition, these products must have the tax deducted from the sale price in supermarkets.

The same project also provides for the permission to young people of 16 years for abortion without parental consent, and with care in public hospitals. According to the newspaper El País, there is no consensus among the secretaries regarding the final text and changes can still be made. Voting takes place next Tuesday (17).

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