CAUGHT BETWEEN PROFESSION and FAMILY
We Must Try To Strike A Balance Between Family And Profession.
PREDICAMENT BY RAYAZ AHMED MALIK
The first woman created by God was Eve. Since then, the women came into existence and the world was filled with diverse population. Adam was her husband and multiplication of human race started thereafter. Women have been gifted this bearing power by God.
In olden days, girl child was not preferred and was killed by the parents as she was accepted as a bad omen for the family. Women were burnt alive with their dead husbands as in Sati system. But the times have changed and women have understood their rights, roles and responsibilities.
Parents also prefer and cooperate with girls to send them for quality education to schools, colleges, universities and various professional institutes. They want them to stand on their own so that after marriage they may not financially depend on their husbands and in-laws.
Today women are seen well qualified as having done Graduation, Post Graduation, MBBS, M.Phil/Ph.D, LLB/LLM, Journalism Degrees and Diplomas. They are seen almost in every sector of employment. Whether it is private sector or government; they play a crucial role in handling their responsibilities. Most of the private sectors where women grab the good positions and status are banking & finance, telecom companies, software and computer hardware, private media and communication.
If we look at government organizations and departments, almost every section is touched by womenfolk. They are employed in various departments like Education, Banks & Universities, Finance & Accounts, Paramilitary forces, Indian Parliament and Civil Secretariats in different states. They are provided the opportunity to hold good and responsible positions in the departments. Some of the women qualify different competitive exams like IAS, IPS, IFS, KAS, KPS, and other Indian and state banking exams and get respectable jobs.
No doubt, women shoulder their responsibilities at par with their male counterparts but still there are occasions where women are helpless and lag behind men in discharging their duties. The reason behind their helplessness is associated with their family affairs as they have also the responsibilities towards their families and children. They have also to look after their old and ailing parents-in-law and other kinfolk in their communities. Then there is mismatch of the timing schedule of their duty hours and home affairs. When they leave early in the morning for their duties to their places of posting, their heart and mind are behind with their kids who have to be sent to schools. They are unable to pack their lunch and see them off to the schools. This is all to be seen by the women as the fathers do not know how to deal with these matters.
Under such circumstances and conditions, they are unable to give proper timing to their duties and try to leave back early from their offices/organizations. For almost the whole day, such women are seen thinking and trying to perform their homely matters whereas they cannot do such. They are seen upset and are helpless to accomplish their official duties. In this way, both their organizations as well as their families have to suffer a lot. Neither of the two can flourish in these conditions.
Government of India has implemented 33% reservation quota for women in every walk of life. That is in the interest of society so that the women can also represent themselves as the males do. The Government of Jammu & Kashmir is also thinking about the same proposal and it will inspire women more and more in the state. The best and effortless job for a woman, as assessed by the experts and experienced people, is teaching whether in schools, colleges or universities. It gives them respectability and honour in the society and their organizations. Their colleagues, students and staff also cooperate with them in discharging their duties as is evaluated in many educational institutions. They are given many privileges and relaxation in teaching profession by the Government.
Administrative and clerical positions should be avoided by the women. The women holding such posts have to be most responsible and punctual as these posts are hectic in nature. Women cannot perform such duties without affecting their families. So they become uneasy and follow the same behavior with their colleagues, superiors and subordinates in their organizations and even with children and spouses back home. We must try to strike a balance between family and profession.
|Author is Computer Engineer at Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri (J&K).
Lastupdate on : Thu, 24 Nov 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
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