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16. 05. 2022. 00:00   >>  18:39


Spain introduces sick leave for painful menstruation

Spain could become the first country in Europe to allow women who have severe menstrual pain to have sick leave.

Sources in the ruling coalition of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) and the United We Can (UP) party said they expected the law to be approved after an agreement was reached between the Equality Ministry, which initiated the reform, and the Social Security Ministry, Spanish EFE agency says.

The government is expected to approve a proposal to amend the law on Tuesday, May 17, which envisages menstrual sick leave of three to five days a month.

"We will recognize the right of women with painful menstruation to a special temporary disability, which will be paid by the state from the first day," wrote the Minister of Equality Irene Montero from UP on Twitter.

The law also allows abortion in the state health system and stipulates that girls aged 16 and 17 do not have to have parental permission to terminate a pregnancy.

It will be the first law to allow menstrual leave in Europe once it is adopted.

In Italy, a similar proposal was submitted in 2016, but it was never approved, while in Germany, women can seek sick leave due to menstrual pain, but that is not a legal right.

Outside of Europe, the right to menstrual sickness has existed in Japan since 1947, South Korea, Indonesia and Zambia.

The Spanish Ministry of Equality has been asking for months for the reform to be included in the future abortion law, but PSOE coalition partners have been more restrained.

UP Labor Minister Yolanda Diaz backed the law, while PSOE Social Security Minister Jose Luis Escriva said last week that the issue was still under discussion.

Opposition leader Alberto Nunez Feijoo said his position was that "doctors give sick leave" because they "know perfectly well when it is appropriate and when it is not".

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