Zomato announced yearly 10 Day ‘Period Leave’ for their women employees. There is great joy among the women employees in Zomato.

About Zomato:

Zomato is an Indian Online Food Delivery startup and an Indian Restaurant Aggregator. Deepender Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah are the founders of Zomato. Zomato introduced in the year 2008. In a short time, it has placed itself in the market. There are around 5000+ employees in Zomato.

Period Leave’ for women employees:

On 8 August 2020, the founder of Zomato Mr. Deependra Goyal, delivers an email to his employees. In this email, he stated that Women have to see the face of periods every month. The most challenging part of the story is they can’t communicate about taking leave during their periods because of stigma, which had spread in India.
The Founder of Zomato Deepindra Goyal mentioned in his email that “At Zomato, we want to foster a culture of trust, truth, and acceptance.” It is true that Women face the menstruation cycle every month and should be accepted by the Indian Society. Indian people need to understand that it is a natural process. It’s a biological difference between men and women.

Mr. Deepindra Goyal also said that “There should not be any shame or stigma attached to applying for a Period Leave.” Indian women feel uncomfortable while they take a period leave. Due to the stigma spread in Society, women give reasons for leaving, such as ‘Stomach upset, Unwell today, weakness, etc.’
Mr. Deepindra Goyal also said that “There should not be any shame or stigma attached to applying for a Period Leave.” Indian women feel uncomfortable while they take a period leave. Due to the stigma spread in Society, women give reasons for leaving, such as ‘Stomach upset, Unwell today, weakness, etc.’

Indian women during periods:

A lot of blood gets lost during a menstrual period. In India, many women are not aware of the menstrual cycle, and it’s consequences if not treated hygienically. Many women use sand, leaves, and dirty used clothes during their periods. In India, women are not allow to enter the temples and kitchen while on their periods. A separate room is allot to the women to stay until she completes the menstrual cycle. They are not allow to do any rituals or touch anyone in the family, especially men. Indian Government needs to frame necessary laws to break the stereotype of Indians. People need to understand that it is a natural process and should not treat as a sign of dirt and impurity. Menstruation is the reason that only women can give birth to a child.

POSH:

The Founder of Zomato mentioned in his email that “Any Unnecessary harassment or distasteful comments from men or women about the fact that you applied for a Period Leave, or that you are vocal about it, please report them to speak up @zomato.com- Our Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) team will quickly spring into action.”

The founder of Zomato is converting its company (Zomato) into a Period Friendly Workplace.

What is Period Friendly Workplace?

A Period Friendly Workplace is a certification title that will analyze and audit your company. It will verify your company’s current policies and facilities framed for women employees.

Who can provide your workplace Period Friendly Workplace Certificate?

Your workplace can achieve this certificate from the Stree Sanman organization. Stree Sanman is one of the leading manufacturers of Sanitary Napkin vending machines and Incinerator. Installing a vending machine at your workplace will help your female employees to get access to the sanitary Napkin at ease whenever they need it. They will not need to rush to the medical store or ask other female colleagues for the Napkin. Sanitary Napkin Incinerators will help to dispose of the used sanitary Napkin. Female employees can quickly put their used sanitary Napkin into the Incinerator, and the Incinerator will burn the sanitary Napkin without causing any harm to the environment. Stree Sanman is working that every woman in India, should get easy access to sanitary Napkin and stop using other substitutes during their menstruation cycle.

How to get a Period Friendly Workplace Certificate for Women?

There are three steps to getting this certificate.

Company survey:

This phase involves checking your company’s current policies and facilities provided to your women employees when they are on their Periods. It will check whether there is proper availability of sanitary Napkin, adequate disposal of sanitary Napkin in your workplace, and proper hygiene is maintained. It will also look at whether there is any leave sanctioned for women during their periods

Employee Survey:

In this phase, one will check how effective is your current policy or facility to women when they are on their periods. Whether the procedures framed followed or not. It will also check whether the facilities provided to the female employees.

Audit:

The last phase is to review the other facts and parameters of the company.

Lastly, it is a golden step took by the founder of Zomato for their women employees. It has appreciated by the whole country. There is a feeling of great joy among the women employees in Zomato. Founder of Zomato Deepindra Goyal also urges the women employees to use these leaves if they are really in need and not complete their unfinished work.

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