Keynote Lecture Series: Recovery towards a more balanced gender relations

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Based on the need felt by both institutions to engage in the joint search for sustainable and transformative ways out of the crisis in its different dimensions, the EU-LAC Foundation and the Latin American Studies Programme of the University of Hamburg have developed, throughout 2021, a series of virtual Keynote Lectures under the title “The COVID-19 Crisis and Pathways to Sustainable Recovery in the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean”.

With this series of lectures, the EU-LAC Foundation and the Latin American Studies Programme of the University of Hamburg want to contribute to the generation of knowledge and the exchange between scientists, civil society actors, public officials and decision-makers on concepts, best practices and public policies that have been developed in Latin American, Caribbean and European countries to promote a “better” and sustainable recovery of the sectors and areas that have been particularly affected by the pandemic.

This third session will focus on "Recovery towards a more balanced gender relations". Bibiana Aído Almagro, Representative of UN Women in Colombia, will highlight the importance of gender equality as an accelerator of recovery and transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the wake of the socio-economic crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, progress on women's rights has slowed down, even regressed in many countries in the region. Ms Aído will highlight reactivation and recovery policies based on actions that guarantee real equality and the integral development of the global agenda established in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, that guarantees the participation of women and their organisations in all phases of the process and establishes new multi-stakeholder alliances that allow for structural changes in all spheres of society.

Additionally, Dr Lídia Farré, Associate Professor Universitat de Barcelona & Vice-President of Committee on the Situation of Women in Economics (COSME), Spain, will discuss COVID-19 and gender inequality in paid and unpaid work -Evidence for Spain. Her research is motivated because they believe that the pandemic may have undone an important part of the progress we have made over the last decades in terms of gender equality. She will present the results of their study that show an increase in women’s specialisation in housework and childcare in the wake of the pandemic, as well as propose measures and solutions.

Access the concept note and the event programme in the attachment.