Women’s Rights are Human rights
Hillary Clinton 1995
Women in Singapore are rather fortunate compared to many women around the world in terms of our freedoms and rights. It is to a large part due to the vision of our founding fathers. I feel we must never take this for granted and always work towards keeping our freedoms secure. My late mother was a doctor. She was fortunate to have a father who had the wisdom to recognize her potential and encouraged her to pursue medicine rather than get married as her mother wished. My mother in turn inspired me and encouraged me to excel in whatever I pursued.
I graduated from NUS Medical School and found my passion in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Back in 1986, when I entered Medical School, only 1/3 of the intake were girls. I remember women doctors lobbying, with AWDS leading the way, to have equal numbers of girls in each cohort. Thanks to all these efforts NUS now has equal number of female graduates if not more. There is however still more work to be done. Women doctors are still penalized for starting a family during subspecialty training. I feel attitudes have to change.
I now focus on Fertility Medicine and Adolescent Gynaecology. KK Hospital has the only teenage pregnancy clinic. It’s a clinic focusing on problems unique to the single teenage girl. Starting the clinic at KK Hospital was one of the achievements that I’m most proud of. I have also had the opportunity to contribute to adolescent health in Singapore through the work with various committees working on this.
I believe that as a woman doctor I must endeavor to do my best for women’s rights, be it health, education or simply the right to live with dignity.