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Menstrual Leave For Women In Spain, Will Be First Western Country To Adopt Plan

FACTS: Spain is set to hold a meeting for a reform plan that will grant women up to three days a month for those with dysmenorrhea, crippling menstruation. Spain will be the first western country to implement the law. Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea already have had menstrual leave for women as early as 1947 when Japanese Labor Laws provided three days for women factory workers. If approved next Tuesday, spanish schools will also be required to offer period supplies to their students. Some private firms in the United States already have similar protocol although not required by law.

QUOTES: Angela Rodriguez, Spain’s Secretary of State Equality and Gender Violence, “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.”