Indian food-tech startup Zomato announced on Saturday that from now the company would give female employees up to 10 days of “period leave” per year. This introduces as a part of an effort to combat the stigma around the issue.
The biggest name in the Indian food delivery space, Zomato is also known for its policies in India, where menstruation is still taboo to some.
In an email that sends to staff on Saturday, Zomato CEO, Deepinder Goyal said;
“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.”
Founded in 2008, this Gurugram-based food delivery giant is one of India’s most loved food delivery company, with more than 5,000 employees.
As millions of women and girls in India still face discrimination and health issues due to a lack of awareness surrounding menstruation, companies like Zomato and others (including many NGOs) are continuously trying to break the taboo around this issue and spread awareness as much as they can.
Notably, in 2018, the Supreme Court of India overturned a decades-long ban on women of menstrual age entering the Sabarimala temple in the southern state of Kerala. And this leads to a nationwide debate about women’s rights.