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Many female medical students face a dilemma: their careers or their families

An article published by BBC discusses why there are only 23% registered female doctors versus the high percentage of more than 70% of female medical students.

What happens when they finish their M.B.B.S? Why do they not practice?

There are women who try their level best to convince their in-laws to allow them to practice but if they are not allowed, they choose family over their careers. While some are more keen on getting married and taking care of their families, according to the article.

There are quotas being imposed at the admission level. 50% men and 50% women. Is it the only solution to fill in the gap? Human rights lawyer, Shahzad Akbar calls it unconstitutional and says the government should encourage women to stay in the profession instead. Closing half the gate upfront will further discourage women to stay in the profession.

“The answer is that they have to make the working environment more women-friendly rather than saying, no, you can’t be a doctor because you end up leaving the profession.”

When a flower does not bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.
Alexander Den Heijer

The vice-chancellor of the prestigious Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto medical university in Islamabad, Dr Javed Akram, says that some female students are more keen on catching a husband than on pursuing a career.

A representative from a marriage bureau told the BBC that a doctor wives are a hot ticket: “In social gatherings, it’s very prestigious to introduce your daughter-in-law or wife as a doctor,” he said.

Read the full story at the BBC

Abdul Muizz

Written by Abdul Muizz

Founder, HerCareer.pk. For story tips and suggestions, contact amuizz@hercareer.pk

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