The Spanish parliament has approved a three to five days menstrual leave for women, making Spain the first European country to do so.
The Economic Times reports that the law was passed on Thursday, February 16, 2023.
The bill got 154 out of 185 votes cast during the parliamentary session.
Irene Montero, the nation’s equality minister, lauded the support the bill enjoyed from the parliament. She noted that the law is momentous in terms of women’s health.
The new law has provided women with the right to paid absence during their periods, which will be funded by the government.
In recent times, women are provided time off during their periods in a few countries as a result of the severe pain they suffer during menstruation, which has an impact on both their professional and personal lives.
Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia and Zambia are some of the countries that have granted menstrual leaves to women.