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Which is the first country in Europe to give women leave for menstruation and abortion


The first country in Europe that will allow women to have a few days off for menstruation, but also after a desired or involuntary abortion is Spain.

The draft reform comes after Spanish Secretary of State for Gender Equality and Violence Ángela Rodríguez announced in March that new measures would be taken to support menstrual and reproductive health, including sick leave for women recovering from an abortion. . Spain is set to become the first Western country to guarantee three days off work a month for women suffering from severe menstrual cramps.

The reform plan, which aims to reduce the gender gap, is due to be approved next week by the Spanish government. “If someone has a disease 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,” said Rodriguez.

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The first country in Europe to grant menstrual leave is Spain, after other non-European countries decided to do so.

Menstrual leave is already offered in several non-European countries, including Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Zambia and South Korea, according to The Hill.

Rodriguez quoted a study as saying that more than 50% of women suffer from painful menstruation. She said that if teenagers were added to this figure, statistically the percentage would rise to 74%.

“When the problem cannot be solved from a medical point of view, we believe that it is very sensitive to have a temporary disability associated with this problem. It is important to clarify what a painful period is; we are not talking about a slight discomfort, but about serious symptoms such as diarrhea, severe headaches, fever… ”, said Rodriguez, according to mamaplus.md.

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The proposal would also help women who have had an abortion

Rodriguez said that if the abortion is intentional or involuntary, women endure the physical and psychological effects of the procedure. The reform would give women “temporary disabilities” to recover and terminate their pregnancies.

“That is why it seems understandable for us to propose that this leave exist as long as the situation falls within the health framework that is used for temporary disabilities, which allows us to be at home a few days after the termination of pregnancy. I think it’s common sense and maybe it should have existed much earlier, “Rodriguez said.

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