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Women, Young Children and COVID19: Stories from Brazil, Eswatini, Palestine

Women, Young Children and COVID19: Stories from Brazil, Eswatini, Palestine

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Date(s) - 06/10/2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Women, Young Children and COVID-19: Stories from Brazil, Eswatini, Palestine and South Africa

About this Event

The recent COVID-19 global health pandemic has significantly impacted on communities around the world. This webinar shares learning from our multi-country project UKRI GCRF “Safe, Inclusive Participative Pedagogy: Improving Early Childhood Education in Fragile Contexts” on how women and children in communities in Brazil, Eswatini, Palestine and South Africa have experienced the effects of the pandemic disproportionately due to historical marginalization based on politics, poverty, racism and colonialism.

Among such communities, women and young children are a particularly overlooked group whose experiences of disadvantage and inequalities have been exacerbated and deepened throughout the pandemic. Our webinar critically examines notions of ‘fragility’ or ‘vulnerability’ against the backdrop of historical and systemic oppression and marginalisation of some communities, by sharing stories of struggles, agency, resistance, hope and activism of women and young children.

Our panellists include:

  • Lizette Berry, Senior Researcher, Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • Linda Biersteker, Senior Research Associate, Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • Dr Malcolm Bush, Senior research and policy consultant, International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood at PUC-Rio (Brazil)
  • Clement Dlamini, Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Eswatini (Eswatini)
  • Dr Ahmed F. Fasfous, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Bethlehem, (Palestine)
  • Irene Rizzini, Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and President of the International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood at PUC-Rio (Brazil)
  • Dr Fortunate Shabalala, Senior lecturer and Head of Community Health Nursing Department, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Eswatini (Eswatini)
  • Dr Rabab Tamish, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Bethlehem University (Palestine)

Members from our communities will also be represented.

Keynote listener: Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy at the University of Edinburgh, will respond to and share concluding reflections on the panel and audience discussion.

The webinar will be in English.

“The support of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) is gratefully acknowledged.”

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