How employers can better support parents at work

Overseas assignments, frequent travel, time away from loved ones — for parents with young children, this can mean a choice between career and family. Photo by: Patrick Slaven / CC BY-NC

Many jobs in global development require professionals to work away from home for large segments of time. Starting a family in this scenario is not ideal — if not impossible — and many professionals have to make a hard choice, some even giving up their careers.

In most countries, the responsibility often falls on women to stay at home and be the primary caregiver, at least for the first few years of a child’s life.

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    Lottie Watters

    Lottie Watters is a Reporting and Communications Associate based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to Devex’s global development audience. Lottie is a recent graduate with a background in geography and journalism, taking a particular interest in grassroots international development projects. She has worked with organizations delivering clean water and sanitation projects globally.