Women Working in Development

Work-Life Balance Event

10th December 2018

Reflections on our December Women Working in Development Event, written by Nadia Weigh, BDO LLP

In a sector which can require substantial international travel and working across time zones, women can find themselves trying to balance the commitments of work and home: maintaining relationships over long-distances; caring for children, partners or family members; managing chronic conditions; or managing work-life balance in intensive long-term overseas postings.


These are challenges that apply to men as well as women, however recognising the tendency for women to take the mental load for domestic work, BDO and the Centre for Development Results (CDR) were interested in addressing these issues at our most recent Women Working in International Development network event.

This event took a slightly different format to our previous panel events, with our five speakers delivering “speed presentations” followed by Q&A in small groups, allowing for more personal discussions.

Some of the key messages from the discussions, read the full article for the complete list:

Understand what success looks and feels like to you

Manage your working day

Be aware of your wellbeing pillars

Many thanks to WWID members who have already shared posts on their key learning from the event. We welcome comments and ideas from all of you and we would love to continue the conversation in our LinkedIn group.


We look forward to welcoming more members to our next event in March 2019!

*This is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views and positions of CDR, nor does this comprise an endorsement of the views contained in the article. CDR is not responsible for the content on any external links.

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