Nearpeer.org, a company with almost 50-50 gender ratio, has introduced a period-supportive initiative called Bliss Up. They are providing a Menstrual First Aid Box, aka the Bliss Box, along with twelve paid period leaves (Bliss Leaves) and four mental health leaves; setting a pioneering example for the global corporate world. The Bliss Box comprises of an unending supply of sanitary napkins, inner wear, hot/cold packs and basic pain-killer medicine.
Thought Behind The Idea
This initiative was led by Ms. Namra Nasyr, Creative Director at Nearpeer. According to her, it is unfortunate how women have to pretend to be healthy and functional during their debilitating period cramps, and never speak about it. Moreover, the need to find emergency supplies on-premises is often embarrassingly inconvenient and costs the women an entire ‘pack’ of healthcare products, which led to the need of getting the Bliss Box installed in the office. In lieu of Bliss Up, Ms. Nasyr held a session on creating a safe space for women to address such issues openly.
This will be my little contribution towards a more inclusive society.’ Mr. Asfandyar Rana, Head of People and Culture endorsed Bliss Up as a great step towards the health, wellbeing, and productivity of the female employees.
It is becoming inevitable to make the workplace more conducive for everyone. The initiative by team Nearpeer.org will definitely inspire other organizations to reduce stigmas around periods and to normalize period-supportive policies, promoting inclusivity at the workplace.