Online event: Gender Equality and COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has swiftly and dramatically reshaped our society and it is increasingly apparent that it will have a gendered impact extending beyond the initial crisis period. The United Nations’ Secretary-General warned in early April that the pandemic is already having ‘devastating social and economic consequences for women and girls’ and that the impact stands to undo decades of progress towards gender equality.

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Date:
Wednesday 17 June 2020 05:00 pm until Wednesday 17 June 2020 06:20 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Lauren Elliott - University Events
events@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Bold Thinking Series
Type of Event:
Community Event; Public Lecture
Cost:
Free to register

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The COVID-19 pandemic has swiftly and dramatically reshaped our society and it is increasingly apparent that it will have a gendered impact extending beyond the initial crisis period.  The United Nations’ Secretary-General warned in early April that the pandemic is already having ‘devastating social and economic consequences for women and girls’ and that the impact stands to undo decades of progress towards gender equality.

Early analysis confirms that COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting women in their employment and domestic lives, in their access to sexual and reproductive rights, triggering greater incidence of gender-based violence.

What will be the impact of COVID-19 be on women in the Australian workplace, where they are already overrepresented in precarious employment situations? Will the crisis exacerbate existing economic and social inequalities?  How do we protect hard-won progress towards gender equality prior to COVID?

La Trobe has demonstrated its global impact in this area by being ranked number one in the world for gender equality in the recent Times Higher Education rankings. The panel of La Trobe experts in the field, will explore the gendered implications of COVID-19 and ask how we can continue to drive transformative change for gender equality during and after the disaster?

Speakers:

Hannah Robert

Dr Hannah Robert

Dr Hannah Robert is a Senior Lecturer at La Trobe Law School where she examines questions of recognition within law - of legal parentage, of legal personhood in the context of pregnancy, and of Aboriginal rights in land in the context of colonisation. Her PhD thesis on Legal Parentage, bio-genetic parentage and children's perspectives in family law judgments won the Melbourne Law School Harold Luntz Graduate Research Thesis Prize. She has published two books: Paved With Good Intentions: Terra Nullius, Aboriginal Land Rights and Settler-Colonial Law (Halstead, 2016) and Baby lost: a story of grief and hope (Melbourne University Press, 2017). She is currently involved in a qualitative research project examining what legal parentage means for diverse families and teaches Family Law and Health Law subjects in the Law School’s undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

Kirsty Duncanson

Dr Kirsty Duncanson

Kirsty Duncanson is a senior lecturer in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies in the Department of Social Inquiry. She also coordinates the Bachelor of Humanities, Innovation and Technology. Her background is Criminology, English and Women's Studies. Her research focuses on the way we think about legal ideas while we watch some of the trashiest of television, the most thrilling of crime fiction and the most exciting of action cinema. She also explores the various elements influencing jury decision making in rape trials, how barristers train and work, and how academics with caring responsibilities are managing their different work loads. Her teaching includes investigating how power circulates through the criminal justice system and how justice is sought, lost and found within and beyond that system. She delivers a work integrated learning subject, a subject looking at how crime and justice are represented on screen, and a critical policy analysis and development subject.

Yves Rees

Dr Yves Rees

Dr Yves Rees is an award-winning writer and historian living on unceded Wurundjeri land. At present, Yves is a Lecturer in History at La Trobe University and co-host of the history podcast Archive Fever. Yves has published widely across Australian gender, transnational and economic history, and also writes on transgender identity and politics. Yves is a regular contributor to ABC radio and The Conversation, and their work has appeared in the Australian Book Review, Overland, Guardian Australia, Inside Story and Archer.

Moderator:

Andrea Carson

Andrea Carson

Andrea Carson is a political scientist and an Associate Professor of Journalism in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She has authored numerous articles and books on Australian politics, election campaigns, fake news and investigative journalism.  She was recently awarded Australian Research Council (2020) funding to study the pathways to politics for Australian women; and is also part of an ARC-funded team using big data to understand the media’s role in political debate and policy decisions.

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