New paid period leave policy takes on workplace taboo in India

A global food delivery company based in India is to allow paid leave for periods.

The policy, not common among large global companies, was announced by Zomato, one of India’s largest food delivery firms. It will allow up to 10 days of period leave a year and applies to transgender employees.

The firm has drawn immense praise for introducing the policy in a country where 71 per cent of young women are unaware of menstruation until their first cycle, according to UNICEF.

The company’s founder and chief executive officer, 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.”

“It’s a really progressive move; it’s long overdue,” said independent journalist and columnist Rituparna Chatterjee.

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