Know the GAP Lecture Series

    Talking Gender, Equality and Diversity

    In early 2019, the WTI Gender Team established the Know the GAP Lecture Series. This year the title is "Talking Gender, Equality and Diversity". These lectures are conceived as an innovative venue to bring accomplished scholars, leaders of international organizations, government, and the private sector, to the University of Bern. Throughout the year we will share the stories of inspirational women and the results of original research to make a concrete contribution to the progressive achievement of United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 – Gender Equality. Speakers will engage the public on numerous pressing gender issues and topics, including: gender history; gender equality and human rights; politics of gender and race in the Anthropocene; and gender equality and women’s empowerment.


    Gender Equality, Power and Participation during a Pandemic Crisis

    (This is simultaneously session 6 of the "Pandemic and the Global Economy" virtual workshop) Chaired by Elisa Fornalé and Georgia Salanti. On the Panel: Zsuzsa Blaskó (European Commission), Alessandra Minello (Università degli Studi di Firenze) and Annalisa Rosselli (University of Rome Tor Vergata)


    The current coronavirus outbreak is believed to have a high economic and social impact for women by slowing down efforts to address gender inequality across the world. During the pandemic, few women have been included in the decision-making process or quoted in the media. Only five women were invited to join the 21-members group WHO Emergency Committee on COVID-19. The lack of a gender lens and balance in emergency policy responses may exacerbate existing gender divides and can undermine women’s capabilities and perspectives. This pandemic experience provides an opportunity to move the debate forward by identifying new opportunities (from gender-neutral distribution of care and work time to “unstereotyped” gender roles) and by addressing the urgent need to ensure equal representation of men and women in decision-making processes.

    Progress in and challenges to the rights of women to non-discrimination and gender equality

    by Dr Patricia Schulz, Former Director of the Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE) and Swiss Member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (2011−2018)


    The presentation will focus on the international legal framework on women’s human rights (including to non discrimination and gender equality) and will link it to the political objectives contained in the UN Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015. It will show progress made at national level with the adoption of laws conforming to international human rights standards, mainly the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and its double requirements of formal and substantive equality. It will illustrate challenges towards the implementation of the principles of non-discrimination and gender equality, including insufficient resources, regressive policies, lack of political will and attacks against women human rights defenders. It will also present the role of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in defining international standards and supporting a progressive interpretation of women’s human rights, based on the CEDAW Convention.

    The untapped potential of gender equality in the water realm

    by Mr Laurens Thuy , ‘Gender & Communication' Consultant at the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)


    This lecture explores the intrinsic connection between water and gender, and gives insight into how it is crucial for sustainable development, thereby touching upon the aspect of health and Covid19. It provides an introduction to the UNESCO WWAP ‘Water and Gender Toolkit’, that offers - with its 105 gender-responsive indicators - a methodology for the collection of scarce but much-needed sex-disaggregated data from the field, on a wide range of related topics.

    A quantum leap for gender equality: for a better future of work for all

    by Ms Emanuela Pozzan, Senior Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination Specialist Gender, Equality and Diversity & ILOAIDS and Mr Umberto Cattaneo, Economist, Gender, Equality and Diversity & ILOAIDS Branch (GED & ILOAIDS)


    In 1919, the ILO adopted the first Conventions on women and work. A century later, women are a force in the labour market, breaking boundaries that at one time would have been considered impossible. While significant advances have taken place for women at work over the past century, there is no room for complacency. This lecture will introduce the recent ILO’s report that is the culmination of the extensive and often ground-breaking work undertaken in the context of the ILO’s Women at Work Centenary Initiative. The findings and recommendations of the Initiative resonate with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. The realization of the 2030 Agenda depends on the achievement of gender equality in the world of work. This report highlights key gender gaps and obstacles to decent work for women. This report reinforces the need for a multifaceted approach and provides a direction regarding the measures that can, and should, be taken to seize the opportunities presented by the changing world of work.

    (En)gendering EU citizenship: caught between paid work and the market

    by Dr Sandra Mantu, Assistant Professor, Centre for Migration Law, Radboud University


    This lecture examines how gender intersects with EU citizenship and argues that the extent to which EU citizenship rules accommodate migrating women and their experiences should be part of a critical discussion on how EU citizenship changes, recalibrates or reinforces the nexus between paid work and mobility.

    Women and risk: rewriting the rules

    by Dr Mara Catherine Harvey, Leader. Author. Change Maker.


    Switzerland has somewhat lost its edge as leading financial market place and has a unique opportunity to win that edge back: Gender Equality. This might sound surprising, but when we size up the economic and financial consequences of gender inequality, the magnitude of the opportunity becomes very palpable indeed. Dr Harvey will investigate pay gaps, savings and investments, financial literacy and financial equality to identify a new narrative that empowers girls and women to embrace earning, negotiating and investing. Without a new narrative, it will be hard to accelerate the path to economic gender equality.

    Gender issues in transnational migration studies: recent developments and future prospects (only Powerpoint presentation)

    by Dr Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot, Research Associate FNRS, Université Libre de Bruxelles


    What are some of the different analytical lenses adopted to inquire the gender-migration nexus? Examining the literature and scholarly research engines, Dr Fresnoza-Flot aims to uncover that women are more visible than their male counterparts, whereas the LGBTI migrants are attracting increasing attention. As migratory movements have become diversified and complex through time, it is becoming increasingly pressing to understand our perspectives and approaches.

    Mainstreaming gender in WHO work

    by Dr Flavia Bustreo, Former WHO Assistant Director-General for Family, Women's and Children's Health


    Gender equality in the judiciary – with an emphasis on international judiciary

    by Professor Catherine Kessedjian, professor emerita, University Panthéon-Assas Paris II


    Commencing with the question “Why is gender equality so important in rendering justice?”, the presentation shares the historical and current representations of women as judges, mediators and arbitrators. Against this background, the speech evokes discussions on the causes of gender inequality in the international judiciary, as well as on what can be done to change the situation.

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