Many women have painful periods, but only a handful of countries around the world, mostly in Asia, allow them to take time off work to recover. Spain, The AFP news agency reports, aims to become the first Western country to follow their lead, with a draft bill unveiled by the government Tuesday giving women unlimited leave for period pain, provided they have a doctor’s note. The proposal comes amid a campaign by feminists worldwide to demolish taboos around periods, but it has drawn criticism from Spanish unions, who warn that, far from liberating women, menstrual leave could prompt employers to prioritise men when hiring.
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