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Italy could be first Western country to offer paid menstrual leave

Rome's lower house of parliament in 2007.

Rome's lower house of parliament in 2007.  (REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli)

Italy could soon become the first Western country to offer paid ‘menstrual leave’ to women who experience painful periods.

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The country’s parliament has been discussing the measure, which would mean companies have to offer three paid days off each month to women who get bad aches.

It’s not the first time this kind of legislation has been mooted, with countries including Japan and Indonesia already allowing women time off.

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Experts have previously argued it makes sense as it would make workers feel happier and more comfortable.

While that’s the view of some in Italy, not everyone agrees, reports The Washington Post.

Marie Claire has praised the proposal, saying it proves the country is all about progress.

However, in women’s magazine Donna Moderna, Lorenza Pleuteri feared it might backfire on ladies.

She voiced concerns that kind of legislation might make some firms think twice before taking on women.

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