The root cause of this gender disparity lies in socio-economic pressures, compelling women to assume caregiving roles within the family. As primary nurturers, wives and mothers find themselves taking the lead in life-altering decisions, including organ donation.
Men’s Reluctance and the Breadwinner Dilemma
Complicating the matter further is the reluctance of men, often the primary breadwinners, to undergo surgery. This hesitation significantly contributes to the gender gap in organ recipients. The study underscores that when the recipient is a male breadwinner, family members, especially wives or parents, feel a heightened responsibility to step forward as living organ donors. The dynamics of societal expectations and traditional gender roles continue to play a significant role in perpetuating this imbalance.
Beyond the statistics and societal pressures, the emotional dynamics surrounding organ donation add another layer to the gender disparity. Women recipients, particularly, may experience guilt when their family members, especially wives or mothers, become donors. This emotional burden creates a scenario where women recipients often find themselves waiting for organs, while potential male recipients receive priority.
To conclude, the gender disparity in organ transplants in India is a multifaceted issue that demands urgent attention and concerted efforts for change. Addressing societal expectations, challenging traditional gender roles, and fostering awareness about organ donation are crucial steps towards creating a more equitable and inclusive organ transplantation landscape. As the nation grapples with this challenge, the spotlight must be turned on dismantling gender biases, ensuring that every individual, irrespective of gender, has an equal chance at a healthy life through organ transplantation.
“In rewriting the story of organ transplants, let us break free from the chains of gender bias, ensuring every life has an equal chance at renewal and hope.”
- Organ donation statistics – (https:notto.mohfw.gov.in/WriteReadData/Portal/News/814_1_2013_to_2022.pdf)
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