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Zomato introduces 10 day “period leave” for women, transgender employees to foster acceptance & inclusiveness

India's biggest online food ordering platform Zomato announced that all its women can now avail up to 10 days of period leaves in a year.

In a significant move against fighting the taboo related to menstruation, Zomato introduces a 10-day “period leave” for its employees. This milestone decision will help foster truth and acceptance, said Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal. According to the company, Each woman employee in the company can now take 1-period leave for each menstrual cycle.

In a released statement on Saturday, Zomato Founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal said: “At Zomato, we want to foster a culture of trust, truth, and acceptance. There shouldn’t be any shame or stigma attached to applying for a period leave. You should feel free to tell people on internal groups, or emails that you are on your period leave for the day.”

He urged anyone who experienced “unnecessary harassment” or “distasteful comments” for taking period leave to speak up, and told male colleagues it “shouldn’t be uncomfortable for us.”

“This is a part of life, and while we don’t fully understand what women go through, we need to trust them when they say they need to rest this out,” Goyal said. “I know that menstrual cramps are very painful for a lot of women — and we have to support them through it if we want to build a truly collaborative culture at Zomato.”

Zomato announces “Period Leave”

However, the company also stressed not to abuse these leaves to take time out or procrastinate office tasks. Zomato is currently India’s biggest food delivery business. Earlier this year they also bought Uber’s food business in the country.

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Despite multiple awareness campaigns across the country, menstruation remains a taboo in many Indian homes. There are a significant amount of households that consider women during menstruation as impure or dirty. The social stigma attached to periods can be damaging and leaves young girls clueless about safe and hygienic practices.

There have been incidents of introducing period leave in the country before. Bihar being one of the most densely populated states allows women to take two days of leave each month because of “biological reason”.

Despite disagreements, social media is hailing this decision by Zomato for its gender sensitivity and inclusiveness. It remains to be seen if other multinational companies will follow in Zomato’s footsteps.

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