Group Activities

Personal Development

We will be having our first session at 7 pm (IST) on 23rd August which will be a basic primer on coding languages like STATA, R, Python, etc.The session will include a basic introduction on each of these languages, along with how they are typically used. The idea of the session is to help you figure out which skill would be the most useful for you to learn and is meant to serve as a starter session which will be followed up by more detailed sessions on each of these. Joining this session requires no prior knowledge of coding languages but only an open mind and willingness and interest to learn. Registration details to follow soon!
Reading Group
We discussed "Chapter 12: A Costless Resource to Exploit" from Invisible Women on the 16th of August. We discussed various aspects of women's participation in society whether in terms of income generation, household chores, nature of income distribution, and expenditure. What was refreshing was being able to discuss personal experiences and anecdotes, and share how these aspects play out in our own households and organisations. If you missed the session and wish to catch up on some of the ideas we discussed, you can refer to the session summary, compiled by our member Stuti, here. Stay tuned for details about upcoming reading groups!

Covid-19 and Women
Recommended Readings

The second edition of our newsletter explores some of the gendered impacts that COVID-19 is having on our society. We draw on existing research and statistics to highlight the different realities that women and men are facing during the pandemic. Across several socio-economic and political dimensions, women and girls are disproportionately being affected by the pandemic with the immediate effects manifesting themselves in the form of gender based violence, unpaid burden of care, health and education. The readings also cover how policy changes are required in order to protect women from long term effects of the pandemic.

The gendered impact of the pandemic

This article looks at Covid's dual impact on Indian women - from domestic chores to menstrual hygiene
This Spotlight presents the latest evidence on the gendered impact of the pandemic, highlights potential and emerging trends, and reflects on the long-term impact of the crisis on the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.It also looks at what would need to be done in the post Covid world to meet the SDGs. 
This article highlights how the pandemic has exacerbated the disadvantages that women of colour face while giving birth in the US. 

Data and Gender responsive policies

This paper makes the case that the current situation provides an opportunity to promote a gender responsive policy framework based on the idea of a feminist economic agenda, one that interrogates power dynamics and peoples’ relative access to resources, and examines how power relations are interconnected with gender inequality and the economy.  The article emphasises the need to acknowledge the gender-differentiated, disproportionate impact of the lockdown on women as front-line responders providing paid and unpaid care to those affected, as those pulling together families and households, as economic agents forming the foundation of every level of the economy, paid, underpaid and unpaid.
This article covers the need for gender data during the pandemic and why gender responsive policies to the pandemic are smart and essential economics.

Impact on Professional Women

Here is a personal account on the impact of Covid as a female academic 
This research paper studies the impact of COVID-19 on the women health workers who were at the forefront in Wuhan hospitals. Traditionally, these roles are served by women. The study finds that women’s health workers had a high proportion of stress, anxiety, and depression. It concludes by emphasising on the need for psychological help for women health workers. This research can advance the discussion on the need for special support for women health workers fighting against COVID-19 across the world. 

Resources and Policy Recommendations

This working paper identifies pathways linking pandemics and violence against women and children, and offers recommendations for governments, civil society, and international and community-based organizations to help make women and children safer when the next emergency hits. 

UNFPA has compiled resources on the impacts of COVID-19 on family planning, intimate partner violence, child marriage and female genital mutilation. It also highlights ways in which it could and already has critically undermined progress bias. You can refer to the report here.
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