What are the main flaws of Zomatos

This Indian company now offers paid period leave

Menstruation is still extremely fraught with shame and stigma. In some countries, people face daily period discrimination. In order to achieve a gender equitable society and to end extreme poverty around the world, the taboo on menstruation must be removed. Join Global Citizen and become here active.


Indian grocery delivery company Zomato recently introduced a new rule that has garnered global attention: paid vacation for menstrual cramps.

The company, which took over the Indian version of “Uber Eats” in January, announced that menstruating workers can now take up to ten additional days off per year.

Menstruation is heavily stigmatized in India. Due to outdated traditions and beliefs, the period is considered dirty and unclean. The Zomato offer is a first step towards counteracting this.

"Applying for menstrual leave should not be associated with shame or stigma," said Zomato boss Deepinder Goyal in a public email to workers on Saturday. Goyal wants no one to feel uncomfortable informing colleagues about the menstrual vacation.

The feedback on the new rules at Zomato has been mixed. Proponents argue that there should be more than ten days off. Critics speak of a “special leave”, which could be retrograde for the role of women in the workplace. In addition, the period vacation could promote gender-specific discrimination.

Should Companies Have Period Leave Policy For Women? @Renuks says, "Saying it's a struggle is the problem that I have. People who cannot deal with it should take a day off. I have a problem with the idea of ​​categorizing it as a special leave. "# PeriodLeave # zomato # womenpic.twitter.com / 9dL0V0B7FE

- Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) August 11, 2020

Going forward, women at Zomato can avail up to 10 period leaves in a year. This also applies to transgender people working at Zomato.💁‍♀️

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- Zomato (@Zomato) August 8, 2020

Culturally tabooed periods, physical pain and a lack of hygiene products keep menstruating people from going to school or working every day. In addition: In India, 88 percent of people do not use sanitary towels during their menstrual period, but use unsafe or unsanitary products.

For this reason, there are other, albeit few, companies besides Zomato that offer their employees menstrual leave. In the state of Bihar there has been a legal regulation of two days off annually since 1992. There are also holiday regulations of this type in other Asian countries and several Chinese provinces. In India, however, they are rather rare.

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Zomato wants to remove the taboo on menstruation with the help of an inclusive work environment. "It's part of our lives, and while we don't fully understand what women go through, we have to trust them when they say they need to rest," said Goyal. "I know that menstrual cramps are very painful for a lot of women - and if we want to build a really collaborative culture at Zomato, we have to support them."