The Dilemma of Career Women of the new normal Covid-19 Pandemic Era

Posted November 7, 2020 from Ghana

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.

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Jill Langhus
Nov 07, 2020
Nov 07, 2020

Hello dbaidoo,

Welcome to World Pulse! Thanks for sharing your post. Yes, it must be so hard for so many women out there. I would hope that fathers should be sharing equally in the burden, although I realize this isn't quite often the case. All the responsibility shouldn't land on the mothers. It's too much, and it's unfair, to say the least.

I'm looking forward to seeing more posts from you and learning more about what you're passionate about, and what your goals are.

Nov 13, 2020
Nov 13, 2020

Hi Dbaidoo,
A warm welcome to World Pulse, your new family.....Yaaaaayyyyyyy! Congratulations on your first post too. Thank you for raising these salient issues which beg for answers. Like Jill mentioned, fathers ought to step in, but culturally don't, so these still lay heavily on our shoulders. Perhaps, trusted family members of the same sex could step in? However, each individual would need to find out what would work as one can't proffer the same solution for all.

'Great that you are raising your voice. Keep writing and shining, Sis.

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Nov 19, 2020
Nov 19, 2020

Hello, Dbaidoo,

Welcome to World Pulse! I'm happy that a new voice from Ghana is rising up!

You have raised valid questions. I, even I, have been constantly asking those questions. The good thing in our country is there are online jobs available so mothers can work at home. However, it is not that easy, too, especially for moms raising children with disabilities. There are a lot of concerns women face, and you are right, her husband and social circles should help her.

Please continue to write more! Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!

Nov 24, 2020
Nov 24, 2020

Dear Dbaidoo,

Thank you for sharing your first story and for raising these excellent concerns that many women feel around the world. Wishing you the best and I hope you and other women are able to lean on your community for support with care taking.


Marie Abanga
Nov 27, 2020
Nov 27, 2020

Dear Dbaidoo,

As a multi-career woman myself, I so relate with this post and admit it hasn't been easy at all. When the measures were relaxed in my country and schools even re-opened, I still dealt with so much Anxiety about our safety, and the drop in activities which bring clients to me given my nature of work. However, we can't give up on hope. Let's keep writing and raising awareness.
light and love

Sabiha Hasan
Dec 09, 2020
Dec 09, 2020

Yes, thought provoking. Being honest I didn't think about it.

Sister Zeph
Dec 13, 2020
Dec 13, 2020

My dear, thank you very much for telling us about how our sisters are dealing with the pandemic in Africa. You have raised valid questions. I just hope and pray for the pandemic to be end soon