Said Cllr Seenoi-Barr: “This is a very good day for women and a positive step forward for gender equality.
“Through this legislation, Spanish legislators are highlighting a health issue that has largely been swept under the carpet until now and I am confident that it will make a significant difference for women across the country.
“In our local Council, I have also tried to raise awareness of women’s healthcare needs.
“In September, I brought a motion to Council to explore how paid menstrual leave could be included in the contract of Council employees and was very pleased that it received unanimous support.
“It is frustrating that when we look around the world, we can see progressive legislation coming through in other jurisdictions, yet here at home we don’t even have a Minister for the Economy in post to make progress for women here.
“There is no doubt that in order to make the scale of progress that is needed, Stormont needs to get back up and running.
“However, in the meantime, I would encourage employers both here in Derry and further afield to look at this issue and explore how they might introduce such policies within their own businesses.”Tags: