The society that we live in has been pushing the talks of menstruation in women under the carpet for ages. It has always been a hush-hush topic and talking about it openly is considered taboo.
Girls are taught to keep it a secret and their periods are hidden from the world, calling them impure. We fail to recognize and acknowledge the pain and distress that women go through during those days.
However, this is the 21st century and things are starting to look brighter. With the access to online content or knowledge and with billion voices on Social Media, people, especially women who menstruate are coming forward with talks of acceptance and the difficulties associated with periods.
Thanks to the wider discussion and talk on this topic, recently two Indian organizations have decided to grant paid leaves to their female or women employees.
However, India is not the first country where period leave or time off has been considered by a company for women staff. Many countries like Japan, South Korea and Italy offer a menstrual leave policy for women employees. Many companies in India are now following the footsteps of these companies and allowing a day or two paid leave during periods.
Let us take a look at some of them:
Swiggy, the food delivery giant, on October 20th, 2021, introduced a two-day paid monthly period leave for its women delivery partners. Their first women delivery partner joined the company in 2016 in Pune.
Zomato is an Indian Multi-national restaurant aggregator and food delivery company. It has a headquarter in Gurgaon, Haryana. The company in 2020 decided to give its women and transgender employee up to 10-days paid period leaves in a year.
3. Culture Machine
Culture Machine, a Digital Media startup headquartered in Mumbai, implemented a policy in 2017 which allowed their women employees to take a paid day off on the first day of their period
4. Tata Steel
Tata Steel, in 2018 introduced a new leave policy for their female employees as “Rahat Leave”. The policy permits its women staff to take 12-days paid off annually other than the sick leave they are entitled to without producing a medical certificate.
Byju’s, India’s leading education application allows its women employees to avail upto 12-period leaves (PELs) in a year. Each month, one PEL will be credited which can either be availed as a whole or can be split into two half-day leaves.
Gozoop is an independent Digital Agency Specializing in Brand Reputation Management, based in Mumbai. In 2017, the company started offering its women employees a paid day off on the first day of their periods.
FlyMyBiz is a Kolkata-based digital media company. They introduced menstrual leave for their female employees in 2019. All women employees in the company get one day of paid period leaves every month in addition to their other holidays.