WHILE a large number of doctors in the UK is from India,the percentage of women among them is very low. Also,most women doctors end up as general physicians rather than going in for specialisations, said International Federation of University Women (IFUW) president Marianne Halsegrave at the colloquium on Leadership of Women in Higher Education in India.
The meet was organised by the Indian Federation of University Womens Association (IFUWA),affiliated with IFUW. Halsegrave,specialises in reproductive health. She added that a big factor is the fact that while men take their families along when they go abroad,husbands rarely move if wives get jobs in another country.
This leads to women either giving up careers or limiting their progress as they tend to shift their priority towards families rather than careers, she said. The IFUWA and IFUW have identified key factors that act as barriers against women moving up the ladder in academics.
Halsegrave said,While women may have the same academic experience as men,in very few universities all over the world do we find women vice-chancellors or deans. One of the solutions that seems to have worked in the UK is to form an informal network of women holding such top jobs,with the aim of them acting as mentors for contenders for such positions. IFUWA gives out annual scholarships up to Rs 15-16 lakh for undergraduate,post-graduate and doctoral programmes taken up by women in India,with three major scholarships each year.