FemalePractitioner in the Criminal Justice System

FemalePractitioner in the Criminal Justice System

Ihad the privilege of interviewing one of the female practitioners inthe criminal justice system by the name TM, it was an amazingexperience. To begin with, TM said that her decision to be apractitioner was majorly due to the passion she had towards the joband the desire to help people diagnosed with various diseases. It hadalways been her dream and desire to pursue a medical course rightfrom her childhood days. She also noted that the interest was partlycontributed by her dad who was a practitioner in one of the localhospitals though he had already retired. TM never thought that atsome point, she will be working in a criminal justice system. Aftercompleting her campus education, TM thought that she would probablybe working with one of the hospitals or medical facilities within thecountry just like her dad. However, she got her first job with thecriminal justice system one considered as a male dominated job. Shehas been working as a practitioner for two years.

Notably,her journey as a medical practitioner in the criminal justice systemhas not been easy. It has had its own challenges, not forgetting thatshe is among the few female practitioners in a profession that ishighly dominated by their male counterparts. TM expressed herdisappointment in the manner in which female practitioners were beingvictimized based on their gender. The victimization was perpetratedby their male colleagues. Also, the interviewee said that male policeofficers significantly contributed to their tribulations and sexualharassment misfortunes (Ministry of Justice, 2011). The femalepractitioners were more vulnerable to sexual harassment during thenight shift. A number of cases had been reported with no stun actionbeing taken because the same police officers who were expected toconduct deep investigations and bring the offenders to justice, werethe perpetrators. Sometimes the offenders would liaise with thepolice officers so that the investigations are compromised. She alsoadmitted that discrimination based on gender was still practiced evenfrom the female policemen. Most of them who visited the facility didnot want to be attended by female medical practitioners (Ministry ofJustice, 2011).

Equallyimportant, TM said that her passion for the job has been always agreat source of inspiration to keep going regardless of thechallenges they are going through. She derives her motivation fromthe desire of saving more lives whenever she can as well as helpingpatients gain quick recovery through high-quality services.Additionally, TM encouraged each and every girl or female aspiring tobe a medical practitioner to keep up with the spirit and continue towork tirelessly to ensure that their dreams are realized. They shouldstop holding onto the notion that some jobs or professions are apreserve of men. That perception can be stopped if they startventuring into those careers and compete with men. On the same note,there is also need for the government to establish more institutionsof learning with well-equipped facilities to increase chances ofadmitting girls for medical courses (Ministry of Justice, 2011).Thesame support should be extended to medical facilities. She suggestedthat they ought to be equipped with modern technology for betterservices.

Besides,TM added that discrimination based on gender should be stopped. Bothboys and girls are equal and they should be subjected to the sametreatment. Women should be on the forefront fighting for changediscouraging any form of discrimination amongst themselves. Lastly,from the interview, i learned that change is inevitable. It is hightime the society treated women equal just like their malecounterparts. They too have the potential and they should be given anopportunity. Discrimination, sexual harassment or any form ofvictimization against women based on their gender, race or colorshould be stopped because it is doing more harm than good to thesociety (Ministry of Justice, 2011).


Ministryof Justice (2011) Statisticson Women and the Criminal Justice System 2011.Retrieved July 21, 2016, from:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/220081/statistics-women-cjs-2011-v2.pdf