Italian women who experience painful periods could soon be offered paid monthly ‘menstrual leave’ of up to three days. Presented by four female members of parliament in April of last year, the bill is currently being considered by Italy’s labour commission and, should it pass, it will be the first of its kind in a western country (companies in Japan and Indonesia already have similar ‘period policies’). Experts have pointed to the emotional benefits a law like this would bring for females suffering severe menstrual symptoms (in order to access the paid leave, they’ll need to present a doctor’s diagnosis of dysmenorrhea). However, some fear it might make women less employable, as companies may hesitate to hire them.
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