Spain: accord in government on 'menstrual leave', minister

Irene Montero: 'We are first in Europe to propose it'

16 May, 15:52

    Spanish Equal Opportunities Minister Irene Montero Spanish Equal Opportunities Minister Irene Montero

    MADRID - Spain's center-left government has found an agreement to introduce a leave of absence for menstrual pain, paid for by the State, in a new draft law, the Equal Opportunities Minister Irene Montero told radio Cadena Ser. "We will be the first country in Europe to propose it", she said in the interview, speaking about the proposal. The minister added that, under the proposed measure, the leave of absence will be granted as a "special permit", without limits in days (thus variable according to medical indications for each case) and without need for contributions previously paid by applicants.

    The possibility of introducing menstrual leave was debated by the government, formed by the Socialist Party and Unidas Podemos (Montero's party).

    The draft legislation, which will include a wider spectrum of measures supporting "women's rights", should be approved Tuesday by the council of ministers. It will subsequently be examined by Parliament. Montero said the proposed measure will not include a 4% VAT cut on women's hygienic products like sanitary pads, a measure that was initially contemplated.

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