Pacific Media Network has introduced a menstrual leave policy for employees, reveals The Spinoff, and it could be a game changer for how other companies – and the wider Pacific community – approach menstruation. The change began at an E tū union meeting at PMN last year, with an open discussion of menstrual cramps and the struggle of mothers whose sick leave is used for their menstrual pain. Male members voiced their support for the policy. Aotearoa is getting better at acknowledging that periods are normal, says Anika Speedy, general manager of Dignity New Zealand.