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COVID-19, a crisis of capitalism, and gender: Insights from empirical research

Gender research in agriculture tends to focus on women’s productive work, often in isolation from their social reproduction roles and labor, which includes dynamics of natural resources access, control, and ownership. Development interventions tend to evaluate “women’s empowerment” by women’s engagement in productive labor, and primarily by economic instruments. Feminist researchers have argued that a capital-driven approach to gender equality presents a partial viewpoint and is poorly informed of links and tensions between production and reproduction, which are impacted by the complexity and specificity of socio-ecological interrelations. 

In this webinar we discuss two recent research projects supported by the Evidence Module of the CGIAR GENDER Platform. The first study from Vietnam and Myanmar highlights how fishery, livestock, and horticultural production systems rely heavily on women’s hidden labor, inter-generational reciprocal support, women’ own risk-taking, and the changing nature of natural environment. The second study from Egypt shows that poor, marginalized women working in [waste]water irrigation have limited ability to negotiate increasing domestic and productive labor demands on their time. Women’s work in [waste]water irrigation is particularly constraining in Egypt, where a colonial past, persisting patriarchy, and increasing poverty shape the nature of hydro-social relations.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on women’s dual burdens of social reproduction and production. Our findings provide evidence on the need to strengthen the analytical lens on labor relations including domestic care work, historicity and context, and intersectional inequalities in understanding gender-food systems research and interventions.

The presentation of these empirical findings will be followed by critical reflections from three panelists who will provide insight on the following issues: 

  • Sectoral approaches to food, water and the environment, and gender complexities 
  • Feminist political economy perspectives and transdisciplinary research 
  • COVID-19, a crisis of capitalism and gender: evidence for systemic, transformative change 


DATE

15 February 2022
08:30 am – 10:00 am (Lima/GMT-5)


CONTACT

Viviana Infantas
v.infantas@cgiar.org


REGISTER

Via Zoom

ROSEMARY COLLARD
Associate Professor
Simon Fraser University

JESSICA DEMPSEY
Associate Professor
University of British Columbia

FIORELLA PICCHIONI
Fellow in Gender and Diversity in Food Systems
University of Greenwich

DEEPA JOSHI
Gender, Youth and inclusion Lead
International Water Management institute

NOZOMI KAWARAZUKA
Social Anthropologist
International Potato Center

ESTHER ACHANDI
Post-doctoral Fellow
International Livestock Research Institute

RANJITHA PUSKUR
Gender and Youth Lead
International Rice Research Institute

 

COVID-19, a crisis of capitalism, and gender: Insights from empirical research

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