Spain is the first western country to offer menstrual leave for women suffering period pain.
It is set to be capped at 3 days per month and is due to be approved next week. Other countries that already offer menstrual leave include Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Zambia. So Bec and Jeziel asked, should Australia also introduce menstrual leave? Bec personally wouldn’t need it but understands it could benefit so many other women. “I know some women who would absolutely use it…So I do see the benefit of it.” Jeziel explained that this could be a hinderance to women in the hiring process. “If you are looking at two people for a job and you know that one person could potentially be taking off 3 days per month…Is that going to mean that people aren’t going to employ females?”
Jackie agrees that there are pros and cons. “There are women who genuinely need it. But some women would use it for other reasons.” But Naomi completely disagreed. Not only will people take advantage of it, but it is not fair for people suffering more serious conditions such as cancer. “They don’t get any extra leave, so where do you draw the line?” Kylie is a menstrual cycle educator who teaches women about their bodies. She believes this is step in the right direction. “It’s a step forward in society that women’s bodies aren’t the same as men’s. So why not work to the advantage of the hormones that women have.”
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