Klasha launches menstrual leave policy for employees
We are proud to announce a new menstrual leave policy for Klasha’s female employees — a first of its kind for a technology company operating in Nigeria.
The new policy —in addition to statutory annual and sick leave to which employees are already entitled—will support female employees by granting self-care leave time during their menstrual cycle. The policy also fights the societal taboos around menstruation and the difficulties they present.
Speaking on the new menstrual leave policy, Jess Anuna, CEO of Klasha, said:
“At Klasha, we understand that we must make room for women’s biological needs as a part of everyday business; rather than leave the subject as an unspoken taboo, we want to build a culture of trust, truth, and acceptance. In 2022, women being on their period leave should not be uncomfortable.”
“Menstruation is a part of life, and while society is still far from fully understanding what women go through, we must make progress in the corporate world. Klasha is delighted to be an early mover in this, especially in Africa - where very few such policies are in place.”
The positives of a menstrual leave policy are various and diverse. Morally and ethically, it is the right thing to do. It also encourages workplace diversity, which empowers women to enter the workplace and begin a career development journey.
This policy also encourages more companies to acknowledge the need for women who experience excruciating menstrual pain to take time off. With period shame and poverty affecting females globally, we believe this new policy is a significant move to breaking down these barriers, which, sadly, are still a reality in many parts of the world.
The new policy is also a sustainable strategy for Klasha, as we understand that Inclusive employee policies attract and retain talent, and happier employees are more productive.
Known for its cross-border payment solutions, Klasha helps merchants sell to and from Africa. Klasha Business, the company’s payables and receivables solution, which includes embedded FX capabilities, has over 2,000 merchants signed up and 350,000 transactions processed while maintaining its month-on-month growth.
Klasha’s consumer product, Klasha App, has over 250,000 app users and has grown by over 90% in the last six months alone. The app allows users to shop internationally from Africa with KlashaShop — an in-app shop feature providing access for African users to shop from international brands (such as Zara, Nike, and H&M), pay in naira, and get fast doorstep delivery to Africa in 7-14 working days. The process means consumers don’t have to worry about customs fees. From Africa, consumers can also spend internationally with the new Klasha Visa Dollar Cards.
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