Menstrual leave arouses the interest of Parliament. Three bills have been tabled in recent weeks to put in place such a measure, consisting, according to varying terms, of authorizing women suffering from painful menstruation to be absent from work without this entailing a loss of salary.
After a first socialist text tabled in the Senate, followed by a second, still from the socialist ranks, in the National embly, it is the turn of the ecologist deputies Sébastien Peytavie (Dordogne), Sandrine Rousseau (Paris) and Marie-Charlotte Garin (Rhône) to file a bill, Friday, May 26.
Their text provides for the establishment of sick leave for incapacitating menstruation for a maximum of thirteen days per year, fully reimbursed by Social Security, subject to the presentation of a medical certificate valid for one year.
“Cultural battle to be waged”
The menstrual leave provided for in the socialist bill tabled on May 10 by Mickaël Bouloux (Ille-et-Vilaine) and Fatiha Keloua Hachi (Seine -St Denis). The senatorial version, carried by the socialist Hélène Conway-Mouret (representing the French living outside France), provides for a maximum of two days off per month for women suffering from menstrual pain, including endometriosis. In the socialist texts there is also the creation of paid leave for women who have experienced a miscarriage and for their spouses.
This parliamentary craze for menstrual leave, already in force in some companies and local authorities, is rooted in the demand, in public debate, for greater attention to women’s health issues. It is also inspired by the example of our neighbours; in February, Spain led the way by introducing fully supported menstrual leave into law, a first in Europe.
“This is part of the progress that must be made in the current debate on well-being at work”confided in March to the World Senator Hélène Conway-Mouret, which was the first to open the ball, on April 18, by filing its bill “Health and well-being of women at work”.
Despite differences in the measures proposed, the parliamentarians invested in this subject find themselves on a common objective: the “cultural battle to be waged on the taboo of menstruation and the health of women at work”summarizes Sébastien Peytavie.
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