Women play a vital role within the pharmaceutical industry and Cipla is committed to help women achieve their ambitions by striving for gender-balanced leadership and creating inclusive flexible cultures. We have a diverse staff base and are proud that we employ nearly 400 women, 41% of which hold senior management positions.
Meet Dr Dhiveja Smith, Medical Executive at Cipla
Being an Indian woman in modern South Africa is not without its challenges, but I was lucky enough to be instilled with a strong sense of self from my parents since I was young. They did not see gender or race as an obstacle and I was raised to see neither colour nor gender. I have carried this with me all my life as I have not always been fortunate enough to live and work in a colour/gender-blind society.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) in 2007 from the University of Cape Town and decided to take a one year break before starting my state internship. That break turned into four years during which I worked in public relations and was a presenter on Top Billing. I finished my medical internship in 2013 and completed my year of community service in Cape Town in 2014. Thereafter I worked as a clinical trials sub-investigator before starting a job at Cipla in 2015.
Throughout the various phases of my life, while training as a doctor, partaking in beauty pageants and during my television career, I faced harsh critique and judgement. During this time, my sense of self helped me to weather most storms.
The work of the Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has inspired me a lot in my adult life. A piece of advice I learnt from her is: “Because you are a girl” is never a reason for anything. Ever.
I am passionate about empowering women and young people and I hope to help others cultivate a sense of self-worth. The hardest lesson that I’ve learnt over the years is that at the end of the day, all of us are just human – each filled with faults and flaws.
Read more inspiring stories from people at Cipla, here.