Is there gender bias in global health consulting? (5)

10 October, 2019

Hello Julie,

I completely agree with your point regarding balancing roles as careers and primary providers for family- one of the main reasons why women are still struggling to reach to the top despite significant achievements and contribution.

Maybe this study would help you to gain better insight into this point, which focuses on women in India and the impact of family on career decisions.

Work-Family Challenges and Their Impact on Career Decisions: A Study of Indian Women Professionals:

Astract: A broad review of existing literature on barriers to women's career advancement suggests that one of the most important reasons inhibiting women's rise to the top positions in management is the work-life conflict that women professionals experience because of their strong commitment to family responsibilities. The primary objective of this study is to understand the impact of family responsibilities on the career decisions of women professionals and also to find out the type of work-life support they would require from their employers to balance their work and life in a better manner. The study is conducted with 121 women professionals working in government services, public sector, private sector, and in NGOs across different levels. The perception of women professionals regarding the barriers against their career advancement is studied. The impact of demographic factors like managerial level, marital status, and family structure on all the above-mentioned issues are also analysed.

It can be accessed here:

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0256090920090103

We are also working to establish the Women in Global Health chapter in India, with the objective of tackling some of these challenges and many more which are faced by women in healthcare. We would like to invite women in the healthcare workforce from India and around the world to contribute as mentors, advisors and the like to help take this movement forward.

Please send me an e-mail if you would like to join us.

Many thanks,

Stuti

HIFA Profile: Stuti Chakraborty is a 4th year student at Christian Medical College, Vellore. She is a member of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth for the SDG 3 working group, a member of the Commonwealth Youth Health Network, and a young peacebuilder at Youth for Peace International. She has also been a UN volunteer and contributed on various projects centred around WASH, Menstrual Health Awareness and Vocational provision for victims of gender abuse. Her areas of interest include: 1) Disability Prevention 2) Youth engagement in NCDs 3) Neurosciences 4) Community Based Rehabilitation 5) Youth SRHR 6) Gender inequality and disability.

Email: stutibbAT gmail.com