The Spanish government must pass a law offering three days of menstrual leave per month for workers suffering from severe periods, according to several media outlets.
The reform is part of a set of proposals on reproductive health and is being reported for the first time by Spanish radio station Cadena SER on Wednesday.
Other proposed measures include enabling girls aged 16 and 17 to have an abortion without having to obtain permission from their parents.
In addition, the bill proposes that educational institutions provide products for women’s hygiene when needed. Women who are more likely to experience “menstrual poverty” as well as those in prison will also have access to feminine hygiene products. The bill will also eliminate the fee for the sale of these products.
The proposed legislation is due to be approved by the Spanish government next week and will make Spain the first Western nation to offer menstrual leave, according to other reports.
Japan, South Korea and Zambia are among the few countries that already offer menstrual leave.
or study of nearly 43,000 women in the Netherlands, published in 2019, found that 85% suffer from painful periods, a condition also known as dysmenorrhea.
Discussing plans for legislation in March, Angela Rodriguez, Spain’s secretary of state for equality and against gender-based violence, said The Spanish El Periodico that when the problem of severe menstrual pain “cannot be solved medically, we believe it is very reasonable to have a temporary disability associated with this problem.”