COVID-19 and gender

NIWEP is continuing to work as normally as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Work is focusing on supporting a gender sensitive response in Northern Ireland, in particular by sharing evidence and examples of relevant initiatives and models from the UN, European Women's Lobby and NIWEP's sister organisations in England, Scotland and Wales. NIWEP has launched a weekly newsletter on COVID-19 and gender, and is running a webinar series exploring a feminist recovery from COVID-19. NIWEP also submitted evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee in Westminster on gender and COVID-19. 


NIWEP webinar series: A feminist recovery from COVID-19 - leaving no one behind 

NIWEP is launching a webinar series to look at what a feminist approach to the recovery phase and future would look like, and how it could be achieved. The series will share learning and perspectives from across the UK and Ireland and beyond, but will focus on informing and supporting a Northern Ireland  response. The crisis has shown new responses are possible, and our voices are more important than ever.

Session 1: Where are the women?

This session was designed to set the scene for the webinar series and the context for a feminist recovery from COVID-19. It explored the current impact of COVID-19 on women and the women’s sector response, and also highlighted emerging responses and priorities for the recovery. The webinar featured contributions from Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of the European Women's Lobby; Emma Ritch, Director of Engender and Emma Osborne, Membership Services at Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland

The session highlighted that the COVID-19 crisis has emphasised existing inequalities and explored solutions identified at European, Scottish and Northern Ireland level. While significant challenges were identified, the overall message was optimistic: it is time for change and the sector is ready to lead it.

A summary paper is available from the session.


Session 2: Caring for the future

The next session will take place on Thursday 11 June, 1-2pm and will look in more detail at care and a care economy as the basis for a sustainable, gender sensitive economic model. The webinar will feature contributions from Mary Collins, European Women's Lobby, Prof Ann Marie Gray from Ulster University and Rachel Cable from Oxfam Cymru. To register, contact us.