Humanitarian worker for International Organizations
Mother of 3 children aged 7, 5 and 3
It’s been fifteen years since I left Italy to work for different international organizations. My husband works in the same area. Since we both had interesting careers, we decided to follow one another in turn. And this is what we have actually done. We have always managed to, up to now. At the moment my husband is in Bangkok with the children and I am still trying to work out how to join them. I’ve asked whether I could work from there, but was told that I couldn’t. Every three weeks I go to see them in Bangkok and stay there for two weeks. I am thus trying to push back having to make the decision to leave my job by six months and hoping that something brings my husband and the children back to Geneva.
It’s above all the question of equilibrium in the couple, the decision that we are equal and on the same level. I don’t believe that children need to be looked after by their mother more than by their father. The father can just as well ensure the practical side of childcare. The mentality around childcare and education needs to change in order to achieve gender equality. It is always interesting to live and work abroad, but there are sacrifices to make. It is not easy for a man or a woman to leave their job, their country, their friends and to have to solely look after the children... More flexibility in transfer policies could make things a little easier.
- Marina Cavazza
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- Portrait of a (Working) Mother