The Congress of Mexico City approved menstrual leave of up to three days for menstruating people diagnosed with disabling dysmenorrhea, that is, “painful cramps” in the uterus.
It is also prohibited to fire the worker or directly or indirectly coerce her to resign due to having said condition.
The reform indicates that there may even be cramps, nausea, and vomiting, among others, and affects between 45 to 95 percent of women of reproductive age.
Deputy Alicia Medina explained that employees work despite the pain to avoid being fired, in addition to the fact that they may fear being “judged or branded as weak if they request help to receive a diagnosis and treatment.”
He urged to normalize this type of suffering and that aspects related to menstruation must cease to be taboo to become visible.