For the longest time, it was a running joke among women that they could one day get paid leave to deal with their menstrual cycle at home each month rather than coming into the office. Well, that might become a reality for women in Spain.
There are already some countries that offer a menstrual leave to female workers, including South Korea, Japan, India, and Indonesia. But there have yet to be any Western countries that have adopted this policy – until now. Spain is set to be the first country to offer paid menstrual leave to women in the workforce.
Spain Is Set To Offer Up to 3 Days of Paid Menstrual Leave to Women
The Cadena Ser radio station revealed that Spain might be the first Western country to offer women paid menstrual leave, which means they would have guaranteed time off every single month to manage their period at home. The Spanish government is going to approve the proposal next week and finalize whether this will become a reality for women across the country.
"If someone has an illness with such symptoms a temporary disability is granted, so the same should happen with menstruation, allowing a woman with a very painful period to stay at home," Angela Rodriguez, the Secretary of State for Equality, told El Periodico newspaper.
Approximately one-third of Spanish women suffer from dysmenorrhea, which includes severe menstrual cramps and intense pain during your period. However, it seems as though any woman can take advantage of the menstrual leave regardless of how manageable or painful their period may be.
There are many women in the U.S. who have demanded paid period leave in the past, but it's doubtful that we'll see this kind of policy enacted here. Besides, these days just about anyone can "identify" as a woman and claim to have a period, so even if this policy were enacted, nearly the whole office would probably be out on leave every month.
This measure being put in front of the Spanish government is also taking measures to improve menstrual health. This reform package plans to require schools to provide sanitary pads for girls in all the bathrooms. However, this same package also aims to make abortion even more available by removing the requirement for parental permission for 16-year-old and 17-year-olds to abort their baby. It's unfortunate to see more and more attempts to lump abortion into the umbrella of healthcare.