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   Association for Emancipation, Solidarity and Equality of Women.




Council of Europe - The Impact of COVID-19 on Women's Access to Justice

Impact of COVID 19 on women’s access to justice: what are the next steps? - Gender Equality (

Gender equality is an important policy goal of the Council of Europe. Priority areas of intervention are defined by the Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023 and working methods include intergovernmental work, cooperation projects and gender mainstreaming……..The COVID-19 pandemic had, and still has, a major impact on gender equality, as it has persistently challenged decades of gender equality advancements. There have been major backlashes at many levels: the rise in domestic violence, unemployment, the resurgence of very traditional role expectations. Another specific backlash relates to equal access to justice. Women face a variety of legal, institutional, socio-economic and cultural barriers in their access to justice. These were undeniably exacerbated during the pandemic.

Source: WUNRN – 26.01.2023


The Care Contradiction: The IMF, Gender & Austerity

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October 10, 2022 - This report exposes the devastating impact public sector cuts are having on women in low income countries, who face a triple threat of losing access to services, having fewer opportunities to access decent work and being forced to take on the rising burden of unpaid care work.

The Care Contradiction: The IMF, Gender and Austerity highlights the ways in which the International Monetary Fund’s policy advice around austerity, and massive cuts to public spending, are exacerbating gender inequality.  It draws on recent research that found that 85% of the world’s population will be living in the grips of stringent austerity measures by next year. Austerity measures include cutting or freezing the wages and numbers of teachers, health workers and other public sector workers. The drive to cut public budgets and public sector wage bills has been going on for decades, but the report shows these policies have no credible evidence base. Their effects though are devastating, blocking recruitment of nurses, care workers, doctors and teachers in many countries, even where there are desperate shortages, and blocking pay increases even where workers are on very low pay.


Leaving No One Behind In An Ageing World

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Population ageing is an inevitable result of the demographic transition towards longer lives and smaller families. While the shift towards older populations is largely irreversible, collective actions and policy decisions shape its path and consequences. Postponing critical measures that allow societies to benefit from and adapt to population ageing would impose high social, economic, fiscal and health-related costs, for both current and future generations.

Population ageing is a defining global trend of our time. People are living longer, and more are older than ever before. Spectacular improvements in health and survival and reductions in fertility have driven this momentous shift, which has begun or is expected to begin soon in all countries and areas.


Home As Workplace - Informal Women Workers - Urbanization

WIEGO - Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing 

WIEGO has also contributed to the creation of global networks in order to help build a stronger, united voice: the International Domestic Workers Federation for domestic workers, Street Net International for street vendors and market traders, and HomeNet International for home-based workers. At present, we are also contributing to the establishment of a global network of waste pickers.

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The relationship between place of work and place of residence has been of particular interest in studying modes of urbanisation and place-making in the city. What does this relationship look like when the two places coincide? This proximate co-existence of the spheres of work and home has spatial and social effects on not only the worker but also other individuals using the space or the vicinity, scaling at times to the neighbourhood and the city. In a global wave of ‘working from home’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple studies have acknowledged and measured the social, psychological and spatial impact of work and home occupying proximate spaces. Many of us would have experienced the complexities that are engendered by an overlap of two distinct identities — that of a worker and that of a householder — when spheres of work and home bleed into each other across space, time and sociality. It is especially pertinent to discuss at this moment those who have always had to navigate both work and home from adjacent spaces, maneuvering the complexities, benefits and vulnerabilities that are resultant from a general mixing of work and home environments.



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