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I am not superwoman

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I am not superwoman

Everyone used to call me superwoman. My friends, work colleagues; even people I’d just met. I think it was meant as a compliment.

A year and a half ago I moved to South Africa from Thailand where I had been working at the United Nations, to take up a position leading the largest global programme to prevent violence against women and girls in low and middle income countries. I was thirty-five. In tow were my 4-month-old twins who I was still breastfeeding, my two-and-a-half-year-old toddler, and my husband, musician-photographer-bread-baker-now-full-time-dad extraordinaire. I had a PhD; had recently launched my first academic book; was writing a novel in my spare time; kept up a sporadic yoga and meditation practice; still looked passable in a bikini (apart from a slightly deformed post-twin-pregnancy belly button); and was, at least on the surface, happy. In truth, I was.....

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