Here is a conversation with our female Security Guards exploring the nuances of their workspace.
What difference do you experience being a woman security guard compared to a male guard?
Mary: I don’t feel that there is a lot of difference between the work of male and female security guards- we all work with the same SOP. When we cannot handle certain situations where physical efforts are required our male colleagues are always there to help us.
What is the most challenging aspect of being a security guard?
Vashanthi: The most challenging aspect of this work includes handling confrontations, de-escalating conflicts, and making critical decisions under pressure. In some situations, I have had to face stereotypes and biases based on my gender as well, which then becomes an additional challenge. However, I am dedicated to proving that I am just as capable as my male colleagues and I am constantly improving my skills to excel in the role.
How do you look at health and strength after this job?
Sudha Rani: Being a security personnel has helped me maintain a certain level of fitness. Being part of regular patrols, standing for long hours, and sometimes having to respond to physical confrontations or emergencies have kept me physically active. Mentally, being a security guard has taught me how to stay vigilant and handle various situations with a calm and collected demeanour.
When a conflict or security breach occurs, what comes to your mind first?
Priyanka: It always feels bad when people skip protocols and cause security breaches. My first response is to immediately notify relevant authorities, such as Security Officers or Security Supervisors.
Vashanthi: I ensure the safety of individuals involved and of the surrounding area. This might involve calling for backup or medical assistance if necessary.
Priyanka, Mary, Vashanthi, and Sudha Rani are Lady Security Guards at Prestige Shantiniketan, Bengaluru, as part of Stalwart’s team.