54% of Pakistani Women Prefer Careers in Medicine


Pakistan’s girls are not given the same opportunities as boys are when it comes to education. Girls face many obstacles that keep them from getting a good education, such as child marriage and acid attacks. These obstacles have led to Pakistan being ranked as one of the worst places for girls in terms of education and health care.

The Pakistani culture has been historically patriarchal and male-dominated. This has led to the inequality of women in Pakistan. Women are often forced into traditional roles such as housewives or mothers. The 54% of Pakistani women want to pursue their careers in medicine is a good sign that this is changing and women are starting to be more empowered in Pakistan.

In collaboration with the King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Lahore and other stakeholders, the King Edward Medical College Alumni (KEMCA UK) recently organized a webinar titled ‘Kemcolian Women in Medicine’ to discuss the involvement of women in the healthcare sector and their contributions to it.

Many doctors who have made significant contributions to medicine spoke at the webinar, emphasizing the importance of including external support for female doctors, such as facilities and flexible working hours and work environments.

54% of Pakistani Women Prefer Careers in Medicine

The webinar speakers discussed the statistical involvement of female doctors in various medical fields, and KEMU Vice-Chancellor Dr. Khalid Masood Gondal commented,

“Thirty years ago, the female-male ratio in medicine was 20:80; today, it is 70:30, with 54 percent of females pursuing post-graduate education. In terms of Pakistan, reports are very encouraging.”

Another point of contention was that in the 1990s, candidates had separate gender-based merit lists for selections based on a pre-determined quota system. However, after much debate about allowing women to pursue higher education in the field of medicine, the once male-dominated field has evolved into an open-play model that provides equal opportunities for both genders.

“There are 232,358 registered doctors, 110,000 of whom are females,” said Dr. Ayesha Shaukat, the first female professor of Surgery at KEMU.

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