Midwife, public health specialist
French Italian Partner
Four children 3, 6, 8 et 11 years old
I work for Médecins sans Frontières, at the medical department. I've been here, in Geneva, at the home office for two and a half years now. We were on-site before. My husband also works in humanitarian work. He hasn't had a permanent job since we moved here and although he is looking for it, at the moment it's fine. He has worked a lot in the last fifteen years, so it's good that it's not always him who works.
We have four children conceived in Afghanistan, Chad and Burundi. They are being brought up in a double French and Italian culture, but I have always given birth in Paris. I find that birth is a powerful moment. It is important for me to have that anchoring point, for them to know where they come from. Thereafter, we may live anywhere in the world.
I always thought that big families were great, so I fancied the idea of having one myself, but I always wanted to have my professional life too and to be able to reconcile the two. Up to now, I've managed, later on, we'll see, the children are still young.
Geneva, October 2013
We are still in Geneva, very busy with our respective works and we are both travelling a lot. We had a chance to move to Beirut with the family for six months where my husband had a one-year contract for the British Embassy. He was in charge of the Syrian Humanitarian crisis in Lebanon and we came back to our apartment with four happy children who had realized how amazing their life here was and the freedom they enjoyed, the peaceful atmosphere to grow. They do feel at home here, as now all of them have spent most time of their life in Geneva!
Geneva, February 2017
- Marina Cavazza
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- Portrait of a (Working) Mother