According to the news of DailyMail, other countries like Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Zambia have already approved menstrual leave for women. Under this reform package to be passed in Spain’s next cabinet meeting on Tuesday, schools will have to arrange sanitary pads for girls in need. The package was announced on March 3 by Angela Rodriguez, the Secretary of State for Equality and Against Gender Violence.
‘The rights of menstrual health are not discussed’
The package announced by Rodriguez included guarantees of menstrual health and reproductive health. It also included leave for women who had an abortion. Rodriguez said that rights regarding menstrual health are never discussed and the figures are shocking. One in four women are unable to buy the hygiene products they want to buy due to financial reasons. That is why we propose to give them free of cost in educational and social centres.
‘Pain means severe pain, not discomfort’
The purpose of this menstrual leave is to provide relief to women who often face pain during periods. This severe pain is known as Dysmenorrhea. Rodriguez said that it is very important to make it clear that by pain we do not mean discomfort. This means severe pain, headache and fever.