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Italy Is The First European Country To Introduce ‘Paid Period Leave’ For Women
By Izza Sofia, 15 May 2017
If there is one thing most women can relate to, it is the struggles of having period pain.
Recently, Italy became the first European country to allow a paid period leave for women. The leave will be available to women who have dysmenorrhea, which is a condition that makes periods extremely painful. These women will be free to have three days of paid leave every month.
Dysmenorrhea not only causes period pain in the pelvis or abdomen, but also other symptoms such as back pain, diarrhoea and nausea.
This bill can help fight the stigma against period pain and help women who have extremely painful periods not be forced to work. These period leave would not affect non-period related sick days, therefore employers are not allowed to discriminate women who took leave due to other illnesses.
Paid period leave has already been implemented in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Indonesia.
[via Konbini, opening image via Shutterstock]
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