They go for a day off work for menstruation (Photo: Getty Images)
Ana Laura Bernal, federal deputy for the Labor Party (PT), proposed adding Article 132 of the Federal Labor Law (LFT) so that it is the obligation of employers to grant one working day’s leave with pay to women workers that justify that, due to the symptoms caused by the menstrual period, they cannot fulfill their work obligations.
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Bernal Camarena specified that even when menstruation is not a disease, the accumulation of symptoms that accompany it reach the category of syndrome, such as premenstrual and polycystic ovarian syndrome, dysmenorrhea or even diseases such as endometriosis that aggravate the symptoms of menstruation. menstrual period.
For this reason, the initiative was sent to the Commission on Labor and Social Welfare, in addition, during her argument, the PT deputy pointed out that many Mexican women experience very strong symptoms before and during their menstrual cycle. In addition to this, she explained that some workers wish they could be absent from their workplace or at least take a break from their work activities, in order to deal with the symptoms and discomfort.
The Chamber of Deputies will process the initiative (Photo: Twitter / @Diputados_mx)
He also warned that, despite the very strong pain experienced by thousands of women due to the menstrual cycle, in most cases they have not been allowed to miss their places of employment. They have been told that they are “exaggerated”, “you are sensitive”, “it is your hormones”, “surely you are in your days”, but they are rarely understood.
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He maintains that menstruation is lived by many, suffered by many and underestimated by many. Without a doubt, only those women who have experienced discomfort, colic, inflammation, spasms, nausea, vomiting caused by such strong pain and even fainting, can know what it is to be in such a state of defenselessness, and that is that in Sometimes analgesic medications are even insufficient to reduce these symptoms.
For this reason, she indicates, underestimating the pain that women experience during the menstrual period can even be discriminatory and misogynistic.
Women belonging to the organization Menstruación Digna México hold a protest in a file photograph (Photo: EFE / Sáshenka Gutiérrez)
“Employers should give the same importance to these discomforts that women experience month after month and thus grant permission to be absent from their workplace”
This is in addition to what was proposed by Verónica Delgadillo, senator for Movimiento Ciudadano (MC), who proposed that menstruating people have a work break of eight hours a month, this so that the worker can have an improvement in their quality of life.
“There are women who suffer terrible colic, dizziness, nausea, there are women who faint and cannot even stand up. Although this is not talked about, it is a reality for many women in our country”
MC promotes dignified menstruation (Photo: Courtesy / MC)
According to what was stated by the orange senator, during the menstrual cycle one could miss a working day in the event that the health conditions are not optimal to comply with the working day without this having an effect on salary perceptions or in labor benefits or in work bonuses, for which reason he reiterated that in the country there are women who need work rest due to menstruation and that “there are conditions to give it.”
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Likewise, the senator explained that her proposal arose as a result of a whole legislative agenda that has been formulated so that there is a dignified menstruation and to generate a public debate in the Mexican Senate on everything that revolves around the issue of menstruation. . “It allows us to make visible that there are many deficiencies in education, in health, in services, in rights for women,” she said.
Another aspect that he highlighted was that, with the collective work between organizations and senators, it was possible to reach the zero rate in hygiene products and menstrual management in the Income Law of 2022. In this sense, he urged the political forces to join the debate to continue building a legislative agenda in favor of women.
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