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Plan to Grant Paid Leave for Period Pain Stirs Tensions in Spain

Irene Montero

Irene Montero

Photographer: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Spain is poised to become the first European country to grant workers the right to “menstrual leave,” a proposal that’s sharpening political divisions in the country over the push to improve women’s rights.

A draft law presented by Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s government on Tuesday would allow those suffering from severe period pains to take paid time off each month, under medical supervision. Following cabinet approval the plan, it now goes to parliament and the Senate for approval.