Men and women both collectively run the world. They both contribute collectively. Some people like to think that women need to be held back. However, even all of their tries do not amount to the fact that women are still trying to break free from the bias and doing everything they can and want to. One example of such an incident is Following the International Women’s Day theme Roche Pakistan via Dialogue on Diagnostics hosted a media talk on ‘Leading Women in Science, Breaking the Bias–together!’
The idea was to talk about the issues of women’s health in local hotels and what can be done to make things smoother and safer for women in such circumstances. The whole panel comprised women speakers who all shared their valuable input and had opinions on how to make things better for women.
The idea is to make women strong and encourage them and the younger girls in science and break the bias that women should not be in the positions of power in science. Women have every right to make as many advancements in science as they want to and they must be encouraged–especially the younger generations so that we too can produce women in Pakistan who win awards and recognition for the talent that they showcase and the awards that they win.
Our system is patriarchal, hence we need to educate men (about women’s health)’–Dr. Bushra Jamil, Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, AKUH and President, Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan. Hafsa Shamsie–MD Roche Pakistan said, “One couldn’t have mentioned the word Breast Cancer on-air twenty years back but now we are talking about it, which tells us the importance of awareness first then empowering them for their health concerns. Sehat Card- Initiatives like Sehat Card are important for average earning people, but we still need to expand the scope as it has limited disease screening and treatment.’’
Women in Pakistan have to go through a lot of health-related issues, but unfortunately, they can’t talk about it openly or with anyone. To see such initiative being taken to promote the health of women and to talk about the issues to erase the taboo that surrounds them is something that needs to be appreciated and talked about. May we continue to grow like this?