Pune: “In the modern day juggling between work and home, women have to learn to take pressure from both sides and still play their best,” said Sushma Chavan, Additional Superintendent of Police, State Intelligence Department, Maharashtra.
She was speaking during a panel discussion, ‘Meet the Achievers’, organised by city-based NGO, Decimate C, an anti-cancer foundation at Maharshri Karve Stree Sansthan on the occasion of International Women’s Day on Thursday.
“It is difficult for a person to maintain personal life when they are in the police, as we do not have a fixed timing of work. For a woman, it becomes more difficult as she has to choose mostly her work over her loved ones. But the challenges are important. In many of my cases I have shared special bonds with victims who are women. My sensitivity and my alertness have always helped me perform better,” said Chavan.
Speaking during the panel discussion, Sushma Khatavkar, female defence safety expert and a cancer survivor noted that her work with Police Mitra gave her a new perspective about the work of the police force.
“We engaged in a very sensitive and emotional level with some victims. Working with the traffic police, our work is seldom appreciated. However, the contribution is immense. In the process of making a name for myself and recovering from cancer, my family played a very vital role,” said Khatavkar.
Advocate Nilima Joshi, retired assistant director and public prosecutor, Maharashtra was also part of the panel. She said her struggle was to get into law and become a prosecutor and manage her family at the same time.
“I wanted to choose a different field. After getting the job, my seniors helped me a lot during the initial stages. I think if we decide and stay strong with our words we can achieve anything. My initial hard work helped me a lot in my career,” said Joshi.
Advocate Alka Joshi, also a cancer survivor, said her ability to adapt is the reason why she is alive.
“We get very demotivated when we have to face cancer or any such big event in our lives or the lives of our loved ones. However, it is better to accept, stay calm and fight the battles that we are confronted with,” said Joshi.
Arpita Bedekar, city-based senior economist and anti-money laundering expert said her field was very unpopular when she first started. However, now this field is very well-known and so it was challenging finding new aspects of the field.
‘Women should be confident about what we want’
Dr Aparna Govil, senior bariatric and laparoscopic surgeon from Global Hospital in Mumbai shared how Emam, an Egyptian woman who weighed 500 kg, was flown to Mumbai for her bariatric surgery in Mumbai.
“The field of surgery is not a woman-dominated field. However, one needs to be confident about what they want, no matter how many problems come. Emam’s case was difficult but we took it as a challenge. We tried to help her,” she said.
“I also think that for obesity, the perception of prevention should be imparted. Bring in consciousness about health and body. This should start from a childhood,” said Dr Govil.