A LEGACY FOR THE FEMALE BRAZILIAN PROFESSIONAL
When we took over the management of the Brazilian Society of Neurosurgery (BSN), we faced enormous challenges to overcome. Some more urgent, such as the advocacy of professional practice. At that time, there was a statutory reform, defining that the Departments of BSN would be dedicated exclusively to the study of neurosurgical pathologies, reason that led to the extinction of the Department of Women in Neurosurgery. Although we understand the philosophy behind this change in the statute, we do not agree with the fact that no alternative structure has been created to represent women within the BSN itself. The little relevance that was given to this issue within the entity bothered us a lot. It is impossible to recognize that there are relevant, particular issues of the female gender which, if not properly addressed, can lead to competitive disadvantages for women. Just to illustrate it, not so long time ago, women were not welcome at some neurosurgery services in the country. Therefore, this theme became one of the challenges to be faced at the beginning of our management period. An alternative solution was debated among the opinion makers circles of the Society. The proposal was to create a specific commission to address this issue, and the Commission of Female Neurosurgeons, added in BSN’s statute, after approval of a new statutory reform on October 13th, 2017, was created.
THIS WORK, BY ITS MAGNITUDE WILL GO BEYOND BSN BOUNDARIES AND SERVE REFERENCE FOR WOMEN AND PROFESSIONALS OF OTHER AREAS OF MEDICINE
This committee was already born with one priority: to convince a society formed mainly by men (more than 90%) to talk about issues related to the female gender, which have always been not prioritized, including debate the need to discuss it within the BSN. More than creating the Committee in the statute, it is necessary to foster the conditions for the development of its actions. Hence came the idea of publishing a special edition of BSN Magazine Hoje [ Today in Portuguese], dedicated exclusively to female neurosurgeons. This project was delegated to Mariangela Gonçalves, M.D., editor of this special edition, and Nelci Zanon, M.D., one of the pioneers to defense the subject within the BSN, with the support of the Communication Department of BSN and the journalism team of the company Predicado Comunicação, a service provider partner. And the result, which the partners will have the opportunity to check, is an exquisite, comprehensive, meticulous work, but easy to read. The Magazine addresses the various aspects related to the issue and explores pluralism and diversity with interviews and testimonies of several female neurosurgeons, residents and medical students from Brazil and several other countries. This work, by its magnitude will go beyond BSN boundaries and will serve as a reference for women and professionals from other areas of medicine and knowledge to inspire them and fight for their well-deserved space. Cheers to female neurosurgeons! Long life to them to take care, with dedication and affection, of the immense Brazilian population that is much in need.