The gender gap in the global workplace is growing, and for good reason.
We have a long way to go before women hold the reins of the workplace.
Women account for nearly one in five full-time jobs globally, and are making up almost one-third of the world’s workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Yet there are some women who are not so keen on being on the same team as men, and those are the women who may have to leave the field altogether.
“I have never been in a position where I needed to leave a field because I am a woman,” says a woman who requested anonymity.
“It is difficult to say if it will be a good decision or not, because I think women will find it difficult to work in that field.”
A few years ago, one of the women in my group asked me why it was so hard to join a company, even though she was a woman.
“A lot of the senior women are very shy and have never gone into the field, or maybe not been there at all,” she said.
“So there is no pressure to join or not.”
But now, women are leaving more often than ever.
They may have a good reason to leave: women have the highest average age at which they start their careers, as well as the highest risk of death, and also the highest incidence of heart disease and diabetes, which make women more likely to face health issues.
A study from Oxford University found that women were three times more likely than men to be diagnosed with diabetes in their early 20s, and almost two times more than men.
In fact, only one in three women diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will survive the disease.
This is a problem that has gotten a lot of attention recently, especially in India, where the government has launched a campaign called “We Are India” to increase awareness about diabetes and improve healthcare.
Women have traditionally played a large role in the health care sector, especially the public sector hospitals.
But the numbers of women working in these facilities are growing rapidly.
India’s population is expected to reach over 7 billion by 2030, and the country has the world highest proportion of women aged 40-49.
“There is a real need for gender equality in healthcare in India,” says Rajiv Rani, the director of the Centre for Health Equity and Gender Equity, an NGO working to end the gender gap.
“We are seeing more and more women going into health care.
There is no doubt that we need to have a more holistic approach in health care, and that includes women.”
In some industries, including in healthcare, the gap is even larger.
A survey by the McKinsey Global Institute found that in the pharmaceutical sector, only 22% of the top-level management positions were held by women.
The number is much higher in the private healthcare sector, where a recent McKinsey study found that only 11% of healthcare managers are women.
This is a big problem for India.
“One of the things that the government needs to do is create awareness about the importance of women in the workforce, especially women in finance and in the tech industry,” says Bipin Patel, a healthcare professional and an advocate for women in India.
She believes that the lack of awareness in healthcare and the fact that women make up just 17% of doctors and pharmacists in India are also contributing to the shortage of healthcare workers.
The country has one of highest number of women-headed households in the world, and many of the households are headed by mothers.
As of 2015, almost a quarter of Indian women had no work, according to the United Nations.
“If women do not have jobs, there is not going to be a solution for the women,” says Patel.
Another issue that has caused concern is the growing number of female students taking up jobs that are not traditionally filled by women in order to further their education.
A 2015 survey by NUS found that the number of students studying in a particular field rose by 7% in the last two years, while the number working in a field that traditionally has been dominated by men jumped by 25%.
The reason is simple: many of these women are opting out of the fields they want to pursue, leaving them with less employment opportunities, says Shobha Kishore, a senior associate at McKinsey India.
“This is the problem we face today, and it is a challenge that needs to be solved,” says Kishor.
“In a country that is growing at such a fast pace, the government is not providing opportunities for the more vulnerable groups.”
The solution to this problem could be in a way of education.
“The solution is a mix of different ways to address this issue.
We can create jobs, we can make them more accessible,” says Shoshana, a 24-year-old student at a college.
“And we can create opportunities for our children, too.”
The women in our group are not alone in wanting to leave fields altogether. A group