Do companies help women balance work and family demands...and still get ahead?

Are organisations accommodating to new moms?

How easy is it for mothers to climb the corporate ladder?

Human capital development executive, Edith Leeuta says marriage and motherhood remain the one major differentiator between men and women in attaining their career goals.

Many companies strive for good practice in the workplace but they still need to change their mindset, she says.

I have seen a lot of companies that have childcare facilities so that women can see their children during lunch and can bring their children to work with them.

Edith Leeuta, Human capital development executive

I see no reason why women cannot be giving an opportunity to work from home when their children are sick.

Edith Leeuta, Human capital development executive

Leeuta says, globally, most leadership positions are still occupied by men.

What you find in the world of work is that women get overlooked for promotions, training opportunities.

Edith Leeuta, Human capital development executive

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Some of the criteria that are used to develop people are gender-biased, where women are expected to attend evening classes and drop what they are doing to attend to clients. But then where does that leave the family and the children?

Edith Leeuta, Human capital development executive

Women seem to be struggling in trying to keep the balance. It almost looks like it is a sin for you to have career aspirations and also want to be a good mom and a good wife.

Edith Leeuta, Human capital development executive

Goldman Sachs UK released a report in march 2019 stating it paid women, on average, 51% less than men per hour in 2018. Leeuta says this reflects the gender biases in organisations.

A lot of organisations do not have family-friendly policies that talk to accommodating women.

Edith Leeuta, Human capital development executive

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