In a first of its kind in Europe, the Spanish lawmakers are planning to introduce a medical bill that will allow women with severe pain during their periods to take leave from work.
According to the media reports and as published by the BBC, a draft bill that allows women to take three days off from work during severe painful periods will be presented soon. The number of leaves can be extended to 5 in extreme circumstances.
If the bill becomes a law, Spain will be the first European nation to provide legal entitlement to leaves during severe painful periods. At the moment, there are a handful of countries that have such provisions for women around the world.
According to the media organizations, the three-day sick leave for painful periods will be allowed only with a doctor’s note. And the number of leaves can be extended to 5 in case of unbearable pain and some other complications.
The reports also suggest that the draft clearly says that the leaves will not be for women having moderate or low painful periods. But it is not yet clear how this will be determined.
According to the El Pais report, this bill is part of a wider approach of treating menstruation as a health condition that also includes lifting VAT from hygiene products. It also demands that hygiene products should be available for free at public centers like schools.
Earlier this year, the Equality Minister Irene Montero already announced that the draft would include changes in abortion laws and extended paid maternity leave before childbirth, BBC reports.
The change in the abortion policy would mean that 16 years old will not need their parents’ permission for abortion anymore.
As much the draft has been praised by women all across the nation, the government officials and some politicians are wondering how the draft of the bill was leaked to media outlets.