“Menstruation permission is also an opportunity to talk about menstrual experiences without taboos or stigmas in the workplace,” Veronica Delgadillo. (Photo: Morena’s Parliamentary Group in the Chamber of Deputies).
On February 22 of this year, Senator Veronica Delgadillo García of the parliamentary group of the Civil Movement presented an initiative for menstrual leave before the Senate, the document states: “Mexico must strengthen and expand its capacity to report on the onset of menstruation, the services and care required, and in recognize that this natural and biological process take greater responsibility regarding the rights of women and menstruating people”.
7 months after this offer, the senator insists that it is necessary to oppose the stigmatization of the menstrual cycle to protect the welfare, health, dignity and, in general, the human rights of women and menstruating persons.
“We want permission for all people who have menstrual experiences so that they can miss work and the day is not reduced, why is it important? Because there are people who have menstrual experiences so painful that they can pass out, vomit, suffer from migraines and other symptoms. Menstrual cramps in some cases can be felt or compared to the pain of a heart attack. And so we will work because we are used to living with pain,” said Delgadillo Garcia.
And it is that the senator from Jalisco suggested that in the event that women are absent from their jobs, there will be no repercussions: “That working menstruating people enjoy a permit due to inability to perform their working day due to menstrual cycle, and that this permission does not affect salary, seniority, payment of bonuses, holidays, bonuses, incentives or other acquired employment rights.
She also spoke out for ending the stigmatization of menstruation and for stigmas to begin breaking down to ensure the dignified conditions people need to make the most of their menstrual experience, starting with a new language .
“The thing that is talked about very little or hardly at all is menstruation. Have we ever wondered why menstruation is rarely talked about? Well, it’s not talked about because there are taboos and a lot of stigmas, these beliefs, these collective ideas that make menstruation look like something bad, like something dirty, like something we have to hide,” the senator said.
And he gave an example: “It’s that many, many of us who are here have expressed, menstrual hygiene products, hygiene? When we talk about menstruation, should we talk about hygiene? But if menstruating people are not dirty, we don’t need to disinfect our bodies.”
The senator insists that “for the good of our society, in order to make a fairer, more egalitarian Mexico and a society that talks openly about menstruation, without stigma, we encourage this initiative and invite all legislators to start talking , clearly and honestly about menstruation”.
It is important to emphasize that this problem affects not only women in the workplace, but also girls and young people in school. According to UNICEF, 43% of girls and teenagers in Mexico prefer to stay at home than go to school during their periodso many of them may stop attending classes and interrupt their studies, which will reduce their active participation in society and generate inequality.
* In Mexico, only 5% of children and adolescents have accurate knowledge about menstruation, limiting their understanding of the challenges girls and adolescents face during their period.
* Only 5% of parents talk to their daughters about menstruation; even doctors affect only 7% in adolescent girls and women.
* Only 16% of adolescent girls and women have accurate knowledge and importance of menstruation. For adolescent males, this percentage drops to 5%.