Menstrual leave: a proposal for women or against equality? | Menstruation

“The memory I have is of being in 7th grade when the period appeared and it was so painful that I had to leave the room and go to the infirmary… I couldn’t even go home, I couldn’t walk,” begins Ana Almeida. The solution was to lie on a stretcher “waiting for things to get better”. At the same time as she was suffering, Ana, 12, still had to deal with mocking comments and looks: “Everyone asked what was going on and suddenly the subject became public. The boys, of course, started laughing and teasing.

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