In Italy Female workers to be allowed menstrual leave

The law, if approved, would entitle all women to three days leave a month.

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Women in Rome demonstrate for equal rights as part of International Women's Day play

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Italy's Parliament is debating a law which would offer women three days of 'menstrual leave' if they are suffering painful periods.

The law, if approved, would entitle all women to three days leave a month.

The bill is being put forward by four women MPs from the centre-Left Democratic Party.

It is, however, unclear if women would have to prove they were suffering from severe menstrual pain.

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Many have welcomed the news but others feel there might be negative repercussions.

Italy has one of the lowest rates of female workers in Europe - only 61 percent, and many fear that the move might discourage bosses from employing women.

“The demand for female employees among companies might decrease, or women could be further penalized both in terms of salary and career advancement,” Daniela Piazzalunga, an economist, told the Washington Post.

Women in Japan and South Korea already benefit from a similar law. Meanwhile, some companies, including Nike, have also introduced the idea of 'menstrual leave'.

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