India-Based Food Delivery Service Providing Period Leave for Female Employees

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A food delivery service out of Gurugram, India, just southwest of New Delhi, is giving female employees up to 10 days of “period leave” annually, in an effort to combat the stigma of menstruation which is very much considered taboo in much of the country. 

The food delivery service Zomato is extremely popular in India, with more than 5,000 employees. They are the most high profile business to implement such a policy. “There shouldn’t be any shame or stigma attached to applying for a period leave,” said Deepinder Goyal, chief executive of Zomato in an email to staff. He continued, “You should feel free to tell people on internal groups, or emails that you are on your period leave for the day.”

Women and girls in India, and many parts of the world, are shamed, held back from school and are isolated from family when they menstruate. 

The Realist Woman’s take:

This is an awesome story. Time and time again, stories surrounding menstruation are usually depressing as girls are kept from school, and women are banished from being with their families while menstruating. 

To have a high profile business take on this issue, leading the charge on women’s rights by offering up to 10 days of period leave is beyond amazing, especially considering how taboo periods are in the country. I hope this encourages other businesses to follow the lead of Zomato.