Hyderabad: Talking about health-related issues continues to remain a stigma for working women in white-collar jobs across major urban cities including Hyderabad, a survey ‘Indian Women’s Health Report 2021’ taken-up by Emcure Pharmaceuticals said.
The pharma company conducted a survey of 1,000 working women aged between 25 years and 55 years in white-collar jobs across seven cities including Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.
The survey said that 90 percent working women face a conflict of interest while balancing personal and professional obligations and 86 percent working women have observed their colleagues or friends drop out of the workforce citing health issues as the main reason.
About 84 percent working women who participated in the survey said that they have faced stereotypes/ judgements around periods such as being told not to go near places of worship, kitchen or even being told to hide their sanitary napkins. The findings also highlight that commonly occurring issues such as PCOS, breast cancer and endometriosis are still subject to taboo and stereotypes.
“Despite progress made in the corporate sector by involving women in the workforce, issues related to their health are still associated with irrational taboos. The survey findings reveal persistence of misperceptions and illogical societal taboos related to women’s health issues affecting even India’s white collar women across sectors,” Namita Thapar, Executive Director, Emcure Pharmaceuticals, in a statement said.
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