A global healthcare provider has made the move to give all its employees paid time off on International Women’s Day.

Organon, which is based in Roseland in New Jersey, has confirmed it’s 9,500 staff will be given the day off to take care of their own health or the woman close to their hearts.

Chief Executive Officer Kevin Ali said: “This year, the symbolic action we are taking is to encourage all our people to spend this day off to make a commitment to their own health or the health of the women in their lives, whether that’s going to the doctor, taking stock of their own wellbeing or reflecting on how to make a change.

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“As a company investing in innovation to improve women’s health, I felt a responsibility to help address this within our own global community of almost 9,500 employees.”

The non-profit organisation HealthyWomen praised Organon for its initiative, and urged other companies to follow its lead.

CEO Battaglino said: “Empowering women to put themselves at the top of the list has always been a priority for HealthyWomen and is an important part of our mission to educate women on the importance of making informed decisions about their health.

“As the pandemic continues to limit women’s ability for self-care, we are proud of Organon for joining the movement and call on other companies to recognize International Women’s Day as a day to honor women’s unmet health needs.”

International Women’s Day is on Tuesday, March 8.

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