COVID-19 pandemic has affected many women and children over the world. The new normal is a force of adoption, which has left many children out of school and families out of business. The economic force of many career women is in shambles. The mothers have lived with the children at home for months of lockdown in many African countries.
Today, many of the south Saharan Africa lockdowns have been eased with some economic activities, but children are still out of school. The career women, whose only hope is the school that provides caregiving of their children while on economic activities to support the families, feel insecure—career women's dilemma cuts across the self, the children, and economic willpower. The pandemic era has left these women who are also mothers with soliloquies.
1. Is it safe to leave younger children at home while the mothers go on economic duties?
2. Who will take care of the children at home while the mothers go on employed work?
3. Are the children safe alone at home without caregivers while the mother goes out to fend for them?
4. Do the mothers have the means to hire caregivers while away on economic duties?
5. What do the children do at home while the mothers are away?
6. Should the mothers choose between economic activities that put food on the family's table and caregiving of the children at home?
These and many questions that give the career women sleepless nights call for help. The fathers, other family members, NGOs, benevolent organizations, and the government have roles to ease the burden. Financial, material, and food support is needed to keep the career women and children at peace and secure.