Just do it the new mantra

Kidderpore: Women should decide what they want to do and follow their dream rather than thinking of themselves as breaking the glass ceiling.

That, in short, was the consensus of a panel discussion on gender equality to mark International Women's Day.

Aparajita Rai, the first woman IPS officer from Sikkim, was among the speakers at CK Birla Hospitals She Talk, in association with The Telegraph, at Calcutta Medical Research Institute on Thursday.

Asked what it took to break the glass ceiling, the additional deputy commissioner, south division, Calcutta police, said: "When I was growing up, I just wanted to be a police officer and I did. It was not that I was setting a standard for somebody... I didn't think of it as breaking the glass ceiling and I think that is what women should do. They should decide what they want to do and go ahead and do it."

Ananda Sengupta, a corporate executive, with 37 years of industry experience, pointed out that mindsets have changed. "When I went into engineering, girls were not allowed in mechanical, civil or metallurgy engineering and geology They could not take admission. Today, the same universities are taking them. So, we have changed towards the positive. In the industry, too, this is happening."

The focus was on breaking stereotypes and not thinking of certain professions as being for men or women.

Madhukari Ray, the chief of nursing at BM Birla Heart Research Centre, who heads a team of caregivers both male and female said nursing is a profession but it is not gender dependent. "When my near and dear one is ill, I will look for a pair of safe hands to save him or her and not think whether it is a man or a woman," she said.


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