Mother of two children
Geneva, April 2014
I have worked for an international organization in Geneva for five years. Before that I lived in different countries in Africa and Asia and worked for various international cooperation organisations and agencies. I have always tried to combine my professional objectives with my family life. By following my partner to Western Africa, I left a teaching job and an academic career in Paris, but I was looking for a different professional experience in developing countries. I also followed him to South East Asia leaving another career behind and was happy to work full time as a mother – my first child was born then, and in parallel, I worked on some academic publications based on my PhD thesis that I had recently defended. A few years later I followed my partner to Europe, where he had been assigned and got promoted. When, in turn, I was offered an interesting job in Africa and another exciting position in Geneva, he refused to follow me to either of those places, as he had an established career that he did not want leave. I realized family was not one of his key priorities. We ended up splitting up.
I wanted to build a new family life with my new partner and my second child was born two years ago. I persevere in my bid to reconcile my professional career with my family life as I have been brought up to be an independent woman, stay faithful to myself and never give up my personal goals, principles and values for those of another person.
My parents, especially my father, taught me these values by sharing stories and novels about women’s working and living conditions around the world, for example, Domitila Barrios de Chungara’s Let me Speak. That opened my eyes to women’s rights very early on, to the importance of keeping these rights at every level and on every step of our private and social lives, and to the fact that a “better world cannot be built without gender equity”.
- Marina Cavazza
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