Fairooz P. Manjandavida
The Power List 2021 – Power List
Director, HORUS Specialty Eye Care, Oculoplasty, Orbit and Ocular Oncology, Bangalore, India
Why is it important to celebrate women in ophthalmology?
I believe that women still remain an untapped and underrepresented human resource in the world in every field, even in this era. It is very important to recognize their professional achievements and talk about it more often, as it doesn’t come so easily with the various responsibilities that they undertake in various other fronts of life. Introducing a platform to celebrate the women achievers in ophthalmology with the Power List will empower them, and also help raise a next generation of empowered women by inspiring them. Celebrating women power builds confidence in other women that it is “possible.” We need more inspiring women leaders.
What can be done to make the field more diverse?
We lack true diversity in the field. Lack of gender diversity would mean that we are missing out on a fantastic pool of talent. Inclusion is the most important diversification strategy. Providing opportunities, and inclusion in the policy making leadership roles will pave way for diversifying the field. Acknowledgement and support irrespective of gender, race, religion or nationality at workplace makes it a more conducive working environment to excel. Lastly, strengthening the anti-discriminatory policies at the workplace to keep it equitable. The world is a better place if there is equal opportunities and inclusivity.
Outside of work, what makes you happy?
It is my daily fitness regime and classical dance keep me happy.