How can we adopt a gender lens to social protection programs in the face of the COVID-19 crisis?
- Title: How can we adopt a gender lens to social protection programs in the face of the COVID-19 crisis?
- Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2020
- Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (EDT)
- Duration: 1.5 Hours
COVID-19 has become an unprecedented global crisis. The pandemic has exposed deep structural inequalities around the world, with disproportionate effects on women and girls. This webinar will discuss current issues around COVID-19 and social protection in the Global South. A diverse panel of experts from the worlds of international development research and practice will discuss research priorities and possible policy solutions for supporting social protection programs targeted at women.
This is the sixth event in a series of research-to-practice Webinar on the gender dimensions of COVID19 organized by the Women’s Empowerment in Development (WED) Lab at McGill in partnership with the Institute for the Study of International Development and made possible thanks to funding from the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW 2) program, a multi-funder initiative by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Canada’s International Development Research Centre.
By mid-July 2020, health actors had confirmed more than 13.2 million cases of COVID-19, including more than 574,000 deaths in 213 countries around the world. While these figures are high, they do not adequately depict the gravity of the pandemic. As a result of restricting movement, halting travel, closing business, and disrupting global supply chains, COVID-19 has affected every aspect of human life.
As with other pandemics in recent history, women are particularly vulnerable. COVID-19 has further aggravated structural inequalities that systematically disadvantage women. Given the current challenges, it is important to focus attention on the gender dimensions of COVID-19 and its impact on social protection programs in the Global South.
- Dr. Syed Hashemi (Independent Researcher)
- Dr. Francesca Bastagli (ODI)
- Dr. Munshi Sulaiman (BRAC)
- Tatiana Rincon (Fundacion Capital)