Research Line: Populism and Gender

In early 2021, when the SARS-COVID19 pandemic completed one year of circulation, international and national reports denounced that inequalities have increased, not only between countries but also within each country.

However, there is unanimity in pointing out that the social and economic burden of the disease was, and is, borne mostly by women, confined to the home. Increased unemployment, wage cuts, and the inability to reconcile telecommuting with home life have been registered, above all, among young women and mothers. In addition to these data, reports of domestic violence against women, children, and the elderly have grown.

The pandemic appears, therefore, as a phenomenon that has caused, at least in a decade, the regression of women’s conquests, their guarantees and civil liberties. To this reality are added the attacks on freedom and sexual orientation, with many countries taking advantage of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic to again create obstacles to voluntary interruption of pregnancy and extend restrictions to LGBT rights, restricting rights and freedoms and increasing violence against these groups, as is underway in Poland and Hungary.

In another sense, it is observed that pendemia has brought to the forefront in many countries women who play unique political and scientific roles, such as Jacinda Ardern, president in New Zealand.

This line of research integrates all works and projects that have gender issues in the context of the pandemic as an objective of analysis.