COVID 19: Rules about Gender and Rules with Gendered Effects

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A reflection on the gender implications of COVID-19 hosted by The Feminist Institutionalism International Network (FIIN).

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FIIN webinar series: COVID-19 and Gender: Feminist Institutionalist Provocations

The Feminist Institutionalism International Network (FIIN) is running a series of webinars to reflect on the gender implications of COVID-19. The series will discuss the usefulness of feminist institutionalist concepts and methods for understanding shifts in gender rules, practices and outcomes due to the pandemic.

Webinar 2: COVID 19: Rules about Gender and Rules with Gendered Effects

Governments around the world have responded with new rules to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Some existing informal rules – such as expectations about women’s care labour - have also been made more evident because of the pandemic. Using a feminist institutionalist lens, we can analyse these in terms of rules about gender, and rules with gendered effects.

This panel will discuss how rules about gender and rules with gender effects have influenced the lives of women and men in different social contexts, including those living with disabilities and those with care responsibilities, and in different geographical contexts including in Turkey and in South Africa.

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7am USA East Coast / 12 noon UK / 1pm Cape Town / 4.30pm New Delhi / 7pm Beijing / 9pm Australia EST. Calculate your local time here.

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Nicole George: Nicole’s research focuses on the gendered politics of conflict and peacebuilding, violence, security and participation. She has a strong interest in feminist institutional theory, as well as conceptual debates on regulatory pluralism and contested notions of (gendered) order as they are evident in local and global politics. Since the early 2000s, she has conducted research in the Pacific Islands region focusing on gender politics, gendered security and post conflict transition. Read more


Deborah Brennan: Deborah is one of Australia’s leading researchers in comparative welfare, family policy and gender and politics. 

Deborah has held visiting positions at the London School of Economics, Oxford University, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Politics of Australian Child Care (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and co-editor with Louise Chappell of 'No Fit Place for Women'. Women in New South Wales Politics, 1856-2006 (UNSW Press, 2006) as well as numerous scholarly articles in the areas of gender, politics and family policy. Read more

Rosemary Kayess: Rosemary has devoted her career to disability policy and reform, having advised on issues such as housing, education, guardianship and employment. She is a human rights lawyer, the Director of Engagement at the Disability Innovation Institute UNSW, and also teaches in the UNSW Faculty of Law. In 2019 she became the Vice Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more

Shireen Hassim: Shireen is Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and African Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa., and Visiting Professor, WiSER, Wits University. She has written and edited several books including No Shortcuts to Power: Women and Policymaking in Africa, and Go Home or Die Here: Violence, Xenophobia and the Politics of Difference in South Africa. Women’s Organisations and Democracy: Contesting Authority won the Victoria Shuck Award for Best Book in Women and Politics from the American Political Science Association. Her interests lie in feminist theory and politics, collective action and histories of mobilisation of women, and social policies and gender. Her most recent book was an archival recuperation of the work of the South African sociologist, Fatima Meer, and she has also worked on aspects of the life of Winnie Mandela. She is a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.

Hürcan Aslı Aksoy: Asli is the Deputy Head of the Centre for Applied Turkey Studies (CATS) at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP). CATS analyses political and social developments in Turkey and relations between Turkey and Europe. Asli's areas of expertise are Turkish Foreign Policy in the Region, Turkey in the Middle East, Domestic Politics, Gender Politics and Civil Society. Read more


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