Saturday, August 29, 2015

The bigger picture.

 50% female doctors don't work after graduation is in news since last year when finally someone woke up and stared collecting date and doing some research. BBC  recently  published another  report on it.

OK, yes, government spends heavy amount in the  applied sciences like medical and engineering, but the dilemma of studying  and not working later  is  in almost every filed, studying for catching a better husband is in medical and engineering. Well, medical mostly. But  lets be clear: it is JUST  one specific class which  is always in hunt for a doctor daughter in law.

Not everyone is is interested in education, because it is not a man who is finding a wife, it is families who is looking for a wives for their sons, brothers, nephews and uncles.    And they want wives, not doctors or any one from any other field.

The issue of women not working is something else in my opinion. And I think we need to see the bigger picture.

  From where should I start?

Maybe it is because we are third world people and want to survive, the dilemma of not being serious about education, public services and doing community work, development and progress of a society is so obvious.

 It looks like men want work and women want men, because whether these women are studying medical or Islamic studies, whether they are in professional institutes, universities or in community colleges, they just want to be wives.  

It is their first priority. 

Pakistani woman is domestic and obedient by nature. She will never do anything which will upset her parents or her husband and his parents. Work is upsetting. It is common believe that working women can never be a good wive. And Pakistani women are  good wive.

For so long working women was look down upon. And Medical was the only profession where people had no such issue. Women are working in urban areas but still they are always scared and worried about their future and ready to quite when they will be told to quit.

There is nothing wrong in it. 

Many get married in their third or fourth year and even after graduation due to the demand, it is also not possible to carry on practice/working  with extended family and kids (of course  u have baby after one year of your wedding night, then another one)

  But these types of reports show that they study to get married, and don't study to get married.  They work when they are allowed.

Like I am saying it is somehow so very true and visible in almost every discipline and filed. There are hardly 2 % people (man and woman) who are real, who study with passion and doing their work honestly. 

But besides all joke, we need to understand that higher education is no joke and it is not for everyone either. Government spends millions on universities and on professional institutes esp on applied sciences like medical and in the end we have horrible doctor patient ratios in the country because large number of students are female who didn't turn out to be real practicing doctors. 

Of course, there should be quota and more strict laws when one wants to get higher education ( female and males both), like serving in their fields for at least 2 years or otherwise heavily fined or reimburse the governments investment on them.


  1. A very interesting post Ifrah.

  2. What a fun and girly outfit, you look great! :)

  3. What a fun and girly outfit, you look great! :)