Pregnancy is a great milestone for any parent but oftentimes it can be an obstacle for a woman’s career. At least that’s what Reema Razif, a former police officer claims.
The mother of four came to limelight after she posted a Facebook post which has been shared close to 2600 times about her treatment during pregnancy when she was still in the police force.
In her post, she claimed that her performance grade dropped due to her pregnancy and was “advised” to take up projects during her maternity leave. She also said what helped her make up her mind to leave her job was a simple question:
“If my child was in my position right now, what would I advise her? The answer is, leave, baby. And that was it.”
Singapore Police Force was quick to retort to her facebook post. They stated their side of the story through by affirming that they build fair and progressive workplaces for their employees. They further said:
“The SPF does not penalise officers who are pregnant and instead, provides alternative work arrangements to ensure their well-being. During Reema’s four pregnancies between 2016 and 2021, she was given light duty assignments that were primarily desk-bound. Reema was not asked to work while she was on paid maternity leave. Many of our female officers excel in their career, balancing work and family responsibilities.”
According to the Ministry of Manpower, its first nationwide study on the gender pay gap showed that women earned 6% less in 2018 compared to a male counterpart holding the same job in the same industry and who had the same academic background and age. What could be the reason for that?
One thing we know is that we should not belittle instances of discrimination in the workplace. The leading women’s right and gender equality group AWARE has extensively discussed this issue and provide aid to the ones who need it.
A true gender-inclusive workplace would be where employees like Reema Razif wouldn’t have to choose between work and motherhood. In the unfortunate case of Reema, we can only wish she didn’t have to part from the job she gave so much into. Employers should be more understanding, supportive and encouraging towards women, irrespective of their marital or parental status.