It is important for you to keep these concerns in mind and to do what is possible to protect yourself. With some planning, and assistance from your employer, safety concerns should not prevent you from taking the next step in your career.
Actions you can take before and during assignment to protect yourself include:
If possible, visit your new home before you move. This is particularly important if you are moving to a country that is culturally different to your own. Ideally engage the services of a relocation expert who can:
Prepare yourself for what lies ahead by researching the culture in your new home. As a woman you need to understand:
Living in a more dangerous environment may be a strain on your overall wellbeing, even if you do not experience crime first-hand. Having access to an expat assistance programme will help support you in your new life. Choose an EAP offering multilingual, professional support 24/7 so you can access help in your native language when you need it.
Should you need medical treatment while on assignment, having an international health insurance plan will enable you to access the best treatment available in your location.