This week the Spanish Parliament voted to introduce menstrual leave.
This is a first in Europe, the law allows women suffering from painful periods to get sick leave from their doctor. And on the other side of the Pyrenees, there was a lot of discussion about it, with criticism of the possible negative consequences for women’s jobs.
Future discrimination and hiring brake for this menstrual vacation? Not at all, says Marie-Charlotte Garin. The EELV MP for the 3rd district of Lyon has started work with fellow MPs Sandrine Rousseau and Sébastien Peytavie to present a similar bill in France within weeks.
This work currently includes fever fairs with unions and feminist associations.
Sébastien Peytavie (Génération.s) nevertheless took the lead by announcing that he would introduce menstrual leave for his parliamentary staff from March 1st.
According to RMC, Marie-Charlotte Garin and Sandrine Rousseau could do the same. They would also try to persuade the EELV to introduce menstrual leave within the faction in the National Assembly to mimic and persuade MPs ahead of the voting date.