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  • Writer's pictureCaroline Louise

First ‘Menstrual Leave’ Law Passed in Europe

Spain has passed Europe’s first ever ‘Menstrual Leave’ law for women with disabling periods.


The law passed on 16th February 2023 with by 185 votes against 154, with three abstentions.

It allows women with a doctor’s note a three-day ‘menstrual leave’ of absence, with the possibility of extending it to five days. This is for women who experience symptoms such as severe cramps, nausea, dizziness and even vomiting when on their period.


The Spanish Equality Minister, Irene Montero, called the law a "historic day for advancing feminist rights” on Twitter.


The law in Spain, is part of broader package on sexual and reproductive rights which includes allowing anyone 16 or over to get an abortion and for anyone to change their gender on ID.


Other countries who offer menstrual leave are Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and Zambia.



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