On the 8th of August, 2020, Zomato, India's biggest restaurant aggregator and food delivery company, announced that it was implementing a 'menstrual leave' for its employees.
Interestingly, Zomato is not the first Indian company to effectuate period leaves. There are organisations such as Chaaipani and Obvious that have been executing it for quite sometime now.
However, since every 'monumental' effort is accompanied with a backlash, Zomato's decision was no exception.
It is imperative to remember that menstrual leaves are NOT COMPULSORY; they are an option. You don't have to take them if your periods are not as painful. However, just because you don't experience debilitating pain, does not mean that you can deny someone else's agony. It is as simple as that.
It is perhaps a good time to revisit an essay by Gloria Steinem, titled 'If Men Could Menstruate', in which she talks about how different the world would be if men, and not women, had periods.
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