WFDM, a group of companies based in Malta, has announced that it will be one of the first companies in Malta to introduce menstrual leave to all of its female employees.
In honour of International Women’s Day, the company went public with its decision, with an aim to support the overall well-being of female employees whilst acknowledging the challenges that come with menstruation.
“The new policy will provide paid leave for up to twelve days per year for female employees who experience painful and difficult periods that significantly impact their ability to perform their job duties. This leave will not count against their sick or vacation time, allowing female employees to take the time they need to manage their menstrual health without compromising their work obligations”, a WFDM statement said.
WFDM CEO Matthew Mantvydas Narusevicius explained how the companies recognises menstruation as a normal and natural part of life, and a challenging and painful experience for some.
Back in February, Spain become the first European country to adopt menstrual leave across the country, making it the first European country to advance in such a legislation, following countries like Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.
That same month, Labour MP Rosianne Cutajar called for national discussion on menstrual leave in Malta, highlighting the global scarcity on such a legislation, leading to many women facing difficulties in the workplace and beyond.
Following WFDM’s decision, the MP took to social media to congratulate the company whilst stating that she will continue striving to put menstrual leave on the national agenda.
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