Gender equality and women's experiences in Akureyri


· Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network
· The Project "Understanding the Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 in the Arctic (COVID-GEA)", (The George Washington University)

Host: The Municipal Library of Akureyri

Date: Thursday, October 26
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Location: Brekkugata 17, Akureyri, 1st floor
Language: English.

Enabling gender equality by empowering all genders to effectively participate in modern society is one of the most important advances towards global sustainable development, encompassing equal representation in the labor market and political office (Sustainable Development Goal 5).

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on Arctic communities; however, these consequences differ across genders. Most importantly, the COVID-19 pandemic has likely deepened gender inequality for years to come.

This event will present the preliminary findings from the recently conducted interviews in Akureyri and neighbouring communities. Themes will include considerations on how the pandemic contributed to gender inequalities in relationship to social realities, local economies, and personal life strategies.

These interviews are a part of the research project “Understanding the Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 in the Arctic (COVID-GEA)” that aims to understand and monitor the COVID-19 pandemic gender impacts and gendered policy responses with a focus on women in the Arctic to support informed gender-oriented policy response strategies.

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