Do companies take menstruation seriously? That is a hot debate in Sweden, a country often referred to as doing good in women’s rights. But not good enough.

Companies provide toilet paper, but no tampons, and they should. If your period is so heavy that you cannot work, you also miss half or perhaps a whole month’s salary on an annual basis. After all, you must pay for the first working day that you take sick. And that is an inequality between men and women in society. An inequality that no longer fits, critics say.

Moreover there are no proper facilities for those with no office jobs. Female bus drivers sometimes have to change their bandages somewhere in the bushes between two bus stops.

>> Listen to my radio chat in Dutch in Nieuwe feiten on Belgian Radio 1, on 20 November 2018, together with sexologist Heleen Debruyne and show host Lieven Vandenhaute.

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