New Delhi: Due to the pandemic, extended lockdowns and work from home being the new normal, there was a rise in job insecurity and domestic violence among women endangering their mental health deliberated by Dr. Manisha Pandey, Senior Consultant (MBBS, MS (O& G), FICMCH), NTPC Ltd in a webinar organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the ‘Impact of Covid-19 on Women working from office and Home, balancing personal and professional Life with mental healing’.
Dr. Pandey while giving a presentation on “Women – The original multitasking operating system” mentioned that the common disorders affecting women worldwide are depression, anxiety and somatic depression during the pandemic. She emphasized that women need to seek medical assistance in case they ever face any health issue and we need to spread awareness about the healing of mental health in the masses. She suggested maintaining weight, sleep, nutrition, exercise daily, staying hydrated to maintain a positive mind frame.
Dr. Deepika Singhal, Board Member, Action Group of Hospitals and Partner, Packaging India while sharing her personnel experience in these challenging times, mentioned that women should divide responsibility and work flexibly. Besides managing household and office work women should also take out time for herself.
Ms. Nikita Das, Cluster Director of Marketing, Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel & Residences while sharing her personal experience during the pandemic discussed about how to develop confidence through skill building. She also emphasised on regular yoga practise to reduce stress and anxiety and read books.
Ms. Shagun Singhal Garg, Motivational Speaker, Columnist & Educationist while moderating the technical session, discussed the impact of COVID-19 on women due exposure to social media. She deliberated how mental health needs attention and one should not strive for perfection and letting things happen on their own. She suggested to have positive conversations; eat healthy and exercises daily.
Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal, President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in his presidential remarks deliberated about the challenges faced by both working and non-working women during the pandemic. Mr. Aggarwal mentioned that while the pandemic has affected all the verticals, it has severally affected women the most. With the burden of balancing and managing work, family and house, women lack space and mental peace in these times. This pandemic has highlighted the multi-tasking that women have been doing. He also mentioned that women in the labor market have faced many problems traditionally and the need of the hour is to educate and raise awareness of the possible opportunities for women in society as they play a pivotal role in nation-building.
Dr. Aruna Abhey Oswal, Chairperson, Women Entrepreneurs Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry deliberated about the mission and objective of Women Entrepreneurs Committee. She also discussed the role of women in nation-building and the challenges faced by her in balancing work and home amid the pandemic resulting in physical and mental stress.
Ms. Archana Aggarwal, Co-Chairperson, Women Entrepreneurs Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry delivered a formal vote of thanks to all the delegates and participants. The webinar was moderated by Dr. Yogesh Srivastav, Assistant Secretary-General and was also attended by Ms. Vertica Dvivedi and Dr. Blossom Kochhar, Co-Chairpersons, Women Entrepreneurs Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and many PHD Members and industry stalwarts.