The government of Spain has approved a draft bill which grants paid ‘menstrual leave’ for women who suffer from severe period pain.
Vanguard reports that Spain is the first country in Europe to grant such a policy.
However, a consultation with a doctor is needed to estimate the period of the leave.
The social security system of the state will pay for the medical leave.
If the bill is passed by the parliament, Spain will be the first Western country to give women ‘menstrual leave’.
Other countries offering menstrual leave include Indonesia, South Korea, Zambia, and Japan.
However, the bill needs the majority support of the assembly for passage since it was introduced by the Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s minority coalition government, which gives top priority to women’s rights.