COVID-19: Magnifying Gender Inequalities

Featuring: Yeva Avakyan, Save the Children; Dr. Michelle Lokot, LSHTM; Alina Potts, Global Women’s Institute, George Washington University; Dorcas Acen, Save the Children East and Southern Africa; Cansu Aydin, CARE International Iraq ||

The next webinar in READY’s weekly series was COVID-19: Magnifying Gender Inequalities, held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 0800-0900 EDT/1200-1300 GMT.

Summary: Yeva Avakyan from Save the Children led select panelists in a conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on gender equality. Initially labeled the “great equalizer,” the COVID-19 pandemic is anything but. Anchoring the discussion in the feminist perspective, speakers discussed how power hierarchies exacerbate inequalities during a crisis, including the “shadow pandemic” of gender-based violence. Colleagues from East Africa and the Middle East shared examples of program adaptation in humanitarian contexts. The panelists also shared practical actions and discussed lessons learned in gender-equitable program response to COVID-19.

Moderator: Yeva Avakyan, Associate Vice-President, Gender Equality, Save the Children

Expert Speakers

  • Dr. Michelle Lokot, Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Alina Potts, Research Scientist, Global Women’s Institute, George Washington University
  • Dorcas Acen, Gender Equality and GBV Advisor, Save the Children East and Southern Africa
  • Cansu Aydin, Gender and Protection Manager, CARE International Iraq

The webinar recording accessible above will also be posted with follow-up questions and supplemental resources on READY’s discussion forum.

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