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Spain: towards the introduction of a three-day menstrual leave

The new law on abortion that the Spanish Ministry of Equality plans to present to the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, May 17, also includes a section concerning the right to menstrual health. And among the measures envisaged is a three-day leave for women who suffer from very painful and disabling periods, report ABC and El Pais.

According to the bill, which ABC had access to, an employee who suffers from painful menstruation, preventing her from performing her daily tasks at work, would be entitled to a leave of absence of up to three days. An extension of up to two additional days could be authorized if necessary, upon presentation of medical proof.

This three-day sick leave would be valid for one year and renewable each year, according to the draft law. As ABC recalls, last October, the Secretary of State who defends this proposal, Ángela Rodríguez, expressed her desire to see Spain follow the path of other countries, in particular Asian countries, which have made the choice to introduce menstrual leave in companies and administrations.

Thursday, May 12, the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, nevertheless indicated that this proposal was still “under discussion” within the government. In June 2021, the Girona City Council was the first to implement it. It was followed last September by that of Castellón de la Plana. The two municipalities grant their employees the possibility of being absent from work for eight hours per month. According to the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SEGO), dysmenorrhea affects almost a third of the female population of reproductive age.

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