Unilever Nepal Limited, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 2021, pledged to not only create a safer community at work but also to try to be the one of the voices of change for Nepal. Through its campaign #UNMUTE, End the Silence on Domestic Violence, it is committed to speak up against violence and to support not only its employees but their families with education, awareness and resources around safety. It aims to reach women across its ecosystem and educate them on their rights as well as provide access to resources like a toll-free helpline, provide counselling and access to NGO services, access to ‘safe leave’ and flexible working conditions for survivors.
Unilever has framed a Domestic Violence and Abuse Policy to protect and support its employees from domestic abuse. This extends the scope of employee well-being beyond work that is the office to his/her personal life and home. The stand on Domestic Violence from Unilever Nepal comes at a time when a significant number of its office-based staff are working from home. Domestic abuse thrives in secrecy and creating an environment where people can disclose their experience without stigma is what the policy seeks to do.
Unilever Nepal Limited also organised a Virtual Panel discussion aligned with the campaign #Unmute.