This is a BIG question - Is it the case in India? That surpises me, I thought it was vise versa!
It is deffinetely the case in Iceland!!! - Less than 10% of homeopaths and homeopathic students are males. This question has been asked many times in our community. One of the answers might be low income or not enough stability in the income flow.
The gender difference is also like this in the schools and kindergardens - about 40+ years ago theachers were mainly males but now, they are mainly females. Same case here, salary for teachers are lower than before.
It is also a fact that 80-90% of patients are females or children. I also wonder why that is!!!
I look forward to following this discussion - thank you for bringing it up.
It is not the same scenario in our Calcutta. Here, in Homoeopathic colleges although female students are coming in more numbers in recent years than the past, but still they are out numbered in comparison with male students. And it is happenning so probably because of overall upliftment of female status and opportunities. It is always welcome.
To answer this post I was surfing the net & found these two articles, which may be relevent here-
yes.tht is the reality.Boys think the safty of money.struggle to get established even in kerala state is more.so boys r looking for comfort zone and the charm of being homoeopathy doctor is not there compared to otherfield of work.for boys easy money and quick stability of life and for females charm of calling doctor.This si the field where less risk is also involved.so now adays females prefer and out of 90%ladies who finish the course dont practise
people have a notion that homeopathy is cost effective
they are not ready to pay much 4 homeopathic medicines and consultancy
men r the bread earners of the family
they cant do everything just 4 charity
females on the other hand have no such burden of running the families
and can easily practice this soft pathy
Disagree dear yes homeopathy is cost effective in case of medicines to some extent but patients are ready to pay if give the proper treatment they ready to pay if they get results quickly and properly, i think that the reason is different i will discuss it later with some new light on the subject.
1. to practice homeopathy is very unstable as a career and to support a family especially in a country like india where females expect a guy to earn LOT more than they do (eventhough they are earning well).There are no stable jobs for homeopaths even in medical field and homeopaths pay peanuts to fellow homoeopaths or nothing. ( i worked as OPD assistant in 2004 in my college for 3-4 hours daily as part time i was paid rs 700 a month 20 Rs a day approx...)
WE ARE NOT RESPECTING OUR FELLOW HOMEOPATHS WHO WILL:
WE ARE NOT TRAINING OUR FELLOW HOMEOPATHS WHO WILL:
no jobs in corporates , hospitals and banks........
2. In metros the cost of running a homeopathic clinic is quite high. and the returns are very less and so is the patient response (in the initial struggling years).
females on the other hand can just practice part time when and if they wish.
2. In india most of us homeopaths atleast 90% or more entered this field after finding our HSC marks insufficient..for MBBS we find this as a good alternative to practice allopathy..but few stick on and change. in my batch there were 100 students only 12 males out of which only 3 stuck to homeopathy al.
it is very risky and nearly impossible to start a homeopathic practice on your own. when better and easy means of income are available
3. one of the most dedicated homeopath female is a grand lady whom i had a hornour to work with is Dr Parinaz Humranwala.........
she is totally dedicated for and towards homeopathy teaching students all the way...
Thank you very much for starting this discussion. As an organiser in the women's movement for the past 15 years, this is a topic very close to my heart, and it is also very topical given that International Women's Day is soon upon us, on 8th March.
Homeopathy and the women's movement have a long history together, including the suffragettes (eg the Pankhurst family) and anti-racist and abolitionist movements (eg Harriet Adams Wilson).
Many of us in the Global Women's Strike are long term patients of homeopathy, and mothers who use homeopathy with our families, and some of us are qualified homeopaths. Our experiences with homeopathy have led us to be firm advocates for this safe and effective system of healing. In 2007 we wrote an open letter to Brent Primary Care Trust demanding immediate restoration of their contract with the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (http://www.globalwomenstrike.net/England/SaveRLHH.htm).
Some of the points I made then are relevant to this dicussion:
"As women, we provide more healthcare than all the health services of the world, yet most of this work is unwaged and unrecognised. Women care and take responsibility for our loved ones' health and well-being, from the cradle to the grave, from daily food provision to emotional support and physical nursing - often putting our own health last. Those of us who have disabilities and long-term ill health are usually seen as the receivers of care, but as women we don't escape the work all women do; we also care for partners, relatives and friends, raise children and do the housework, meeting other people's needs while coping with our own.
Much of disability and ill health is caused by poverty, industrial pollution, war, the arms trade, industrial accidents and job injuries, and other deadly effects of a world economy which prioritises profit over people's needs and well-being. These industries, including the pharmaceutical industry, make trillion dollar profits. At the same time those of us – starting with women in the global South, and women of colour in the North -- who get no wages or the lowest wages internationally, suffer appalling working conditions, the highest rates of disability and ill health, and have the least access to holistic healthcare.
Doctors and other health care workers that we rely on to help us may tell us that 'they know best'. But, according to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, "Doctors are the third leading cause of death in the US, causing 250,000 deaths every year", and legally prescribed pharmaceuticals are the fourth leading cause of death (Vol 284, July 26, 2000).
As a result of the conventional medical establishment prioritising profit before health, more and more people are turning to alternative healthcare.
As women, we are especially targeted by the pharmaceutical industries as the best market for their products, because: we are the ones who do the caring work and who make health decisions for ourselves and our loved ones; because we are educators; because we live longer and yet are sicker and suffer from more chronic diseases; and because we are debilitated by over-work and poverty. This makes our protest all the more meaningful".
This year, international women's day is also very close to mother's day, and we will again be marching, this time on Saturday 13th March, and many homeopathy users, supporters and practitioners will be with us. Please come and join us if you can! Or organise something similar where you are. Men and women most welcome! Here are the links from both London and Los Angeles.