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Exploring the Complex Challenges of Balancing Caregiving and Career Aspirations among Women in Public Sector Universities in Pakistan
AbstractThis qualitative study explores the intricate challenges that women in public sector universities in Pakistan face while balancing caregiving responsibilities for family members with their career aspirations. Interviews with 48 women in various roles, and thematic analysis revealed significant findings. The study uncovers challenges such as the struggle to harmonize family duties with career ambitions, conflicts regarding time management and work-life balance, and the emotional toll of managing caregiving and career advancement. Additionally, the study identifies coping strategies these women employ, highlighting their resilience and adaptability. These strategies involve the importance of organizational support in achieving work-life balance, the influence of religious commitment in finding fulfillment in caregiving roles, and the crucial assistance provided by family members, particularly supportive in-laws and mothers. Overall, this study underscores the significance of addressing the unique challenges faced by women caregivers, not only for gender equity but also to promote diversity, inclusivity, and gender equality in the workplace.
- Dr. Bushra Inayat Raja Bushra Inayat Raja
- Controller of Examinations, Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi, Pakistan
- Dr. Saba Riaz
- PhD, Institute of Education University College London, London UK