Spain Becomes First European Country to offer Menstrual Leave

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The first country in Europe to offer a menstrual leave of 3 days to people in Spain. The country offers this leave to people experiencing severe period pain. It is yet to be confirmed whether the leave will be paid or unpaid.

A related draft bill was presented to the Spanish cabinet this week that includes the people experiencing period pain to take three days of sick leave each month. These leave days will be granted with a doctor's note. Once passed, Spain would be the first country to offer menstrual leave.

In 2016, a similar proposal was introduced in Italy but was never approved. In Germany, women can request leave for menstrual pain, but it is not a right.

Other Non-European countries in the world which offer this menstrual sick leave are Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Zambia. For example, in Japan, women have been entitled to request menstrual leave without a doctor's note since 1947.

The bill also has a clause to extend the sick leave for the period of pain to five days each month.

The bill also abolished the "tampon tax" on period products like Sanitary Pads, Tampons, Menstrual Cups, etc. In 2021, the United Kingdom government abolished the taxes on period products.

The bill has the provision that will also allow for abortions in the public health system and end the requirement for girls aged 16 and 17 to seek parental consent.

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • Spain will be the first country in Europe to offer a menstrual leave of 3 days with a doctor's note.
  • The related draft bill was presented to the Spanish cabinet. Once passed, Spain would be the first country to offer menstrual leave.
  • The new bill has the provision to allow for abortions in the public health system and end the requirement for girls aged 16 and 17 to seek parental consent.
  • The bill also abolished the "tampon tax" on period products like Sanitary Pads, Tampons, Menstrual Cups, etc.
  • In 2016, a similar proposal was introduced in Italy but was never approved. In Germany, women can request leave for menstrual pain, but it is not a right.

   Facts to know:

  • Capital of Spain: Madrid.
  • Currency of Spain: Euro.
  • The official language of Spain: is Spanish.
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