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Italy, is still debated for menstrual leave

Italy could be the first Western country to enable Menstrual leave for women workers, which would consist of three days of leave per month when women can be absent from work without having to put on sick leave or on vacation, compared with a certification medical stating there is dysmenorrhea, or painful cycle.

A bill has already been introduced in the House April 26, 2016 by four deputies of the Democratic Party (Romina Mura, Daniela Sbrollini, Maria Iacono and Simonetta Rubinato) and is now being studied by the Commission's work.

Who can benefit

The legislative initiative is aimed at working with:

Pros and cons

On the one hand it could be an important facilitation for all those women who suffer particularly menstrual period and that in some cases can be debilitating, forcing you to read for hours or a few days, the estimates are alarming: 60% to 90% of women suffer during menstruation and this causes rates of 13-51% of absenteeism in school and 5-15% of work absenteeism.

On the other hand, they argue critics and criticism, a menstrual leave could have negative consequences for women themselves, which could be further penalized in the workplace, further discouraging their employment or career advancement. As pointed out by the British newspaper the Independent Daniela Piazzalunga, an economist at the Institute for evaluative research on public policies (FBK-IRVAPP), "women already take days because of menstrual pain, but the new law would allow them to do so without using sick leave or similar. the Washington Post, remember that Italy has the female participation rate in the labor force among the lowest, with only 61% of women employed against the European average of 72%.

Meanwhile, some large companies have already introduced the menstrual leave, Nike in 2007 and Coexist, a company of Bristol, in March last year.