The coronavirus pandemic creates a perfect storm for exacerbating gender-based violence and discrimination. In every area—from employment to school closures to domestic violence to health outcomes—we see evidence of disproportionately negative impacts based on gender. These negative impacts are compounded by intersecting inequalities, including on the basis of race, socioeconomic status, disability, age, geographic location and sexual orientation, among others. Pandemic preparedness and response efforts must better understand these intersectional gender dimensions to avoid further widening inequalities.
Presenters include Christina Ewig, Professor and Faculty Director of the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy, University of Minnesota, Ruby H.N. Nguyen, Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota and Katie Spencer, Professor and Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at the Program in Human Sexuality, University of Minnesota. The session will be moderated by Rosalyn Park, Director of the Women's Human Rights Program, The Advocates for Human Rights.
"Envisioning the Future" is co-organized by the Minnesota Human Rights Lab and the Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility, and co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies. The goal of the series is to advance human rights in this challenging time, by identifying the gaps in protection, opportunities for new forms of advocacy and proposing legal and policy changes.