Her own experience as a mother struggling to find flexi-work opportunities spurred Sher-li Torrey to start Mums@Work. Initiated in 2010, the career portal supports women in finding the balance between being a mum and a working professional.
The 45-year-old herself is a mum of two children aged 13 and nine. “Having run Mums@work for more than 12 years, I have met many mothers with different family backgrounds and situations. It’s their voice that I try to channel when we have discussions about various projects and programmes that are being implemented in our country.”
The organisation is also a part of the Alliance for Action to Strengthen Marriages and Family Relationships (AFAM), and helps encourage a society in Singapore that is more supportive of families. “Because of my own work and passion, in particular, I represent mothers and try to find ways to reach out and share their feedback. We also highlight various schemes and support projects by the government that help parents balance work and family.”
Below, she tells The Weekly more about her advice for stay-at-home mums looking to return to the workforce, juggling her career and her family, and dealing with burnout.