KOLLAM: Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy has said that while women outnumber men in the population figures of the State, the number of employed women is much lower than that of men.She was inaugurating a national seminar on “Women, migration and mental health: new challenges,” organised by the Women’s Cell of Fatima Mata National College here on Tuesday.
The Minister said there was a growing trend in the State of men preferring to marry employed women, forcing women to be on the hunt for jobs. While a job gave women independence, for a good number of them, it created tension especially after marriage. This was more so for married women who worked in a distant district or who had to travel far from their houses to reach their place of work.
The inability to live together with her husband and children because of the job not only created tension but even family issues for a woman. Even the government was many a time unable to respond quickly to transfer requests from women because the existing rules did not permit it.There was a timeframe for submitting transfer applications and even after that, there was a seniority list to follow.
The Minister said that while the nurses from Kerala had an international reputation, even their living standards were not on a par with the kind of service they rendered.While nurses working abroad did receive good salaries, a good number of them were stress-ridden. She said that women working in the information technology sector were undergoing much mental stress, mainly because of the duty time. In fact, their issues had to be taken up for a separate and serious discussion.