Gendered Impacts of COVID-19

The Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 collection brings a gender lens to discussions around the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery. Drawing upon the expertise and research from four centres across Monash University, this collection provides gender-sensitive analysis on peace and security, humanitarian settings and women’s rights, gender-based violence, the economy, caring and social reproduction responsibilities, and health and well-being.

While the restrictions of COVID-19 are exacerbating issues of gendered violence and gender equality, we see an opportunity to create change for the better. Increased funding for domestic violence response, the ability to quickly adapt and innovate service provision, and the sustained media coverage and awareness of this violence in Australia during the COVID-19 are indicators of recognition of the scale of the problem and the potential to eliminate or at least significantly reduce violence against women... Now, more than ever, research is needed to support women and children experiencing violence, and the practitioners working to support them and secure their safety.

The 'Shadow Pandemic' of COVID-19: Editorial by Jacqui True and Kate Fitz-Gibbon

About the Centres

Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre is a research centre focused on issues of gender, peace and security. Our vision is to build globally-recognised, gender-inclusive research evidence to deliver peace and security globally. We seek to use our research to inform scholarly debate, policy development and implementation, and public understanding about the gendered nature of insecurity and the search for peace.

Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre addresses the prevention of family violence. The Centre provides a platform for bringing together Monash researchers with international experts to collaborate with partners in government, social services, legal services, health and policing to contribute to solving one of the most challenging problems we face.

The Centre for Global and Women’s Health is a multi-disciplinary group with expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, health promotion, medicine, nursing, and psychology. Through our Global Health research, we seek to promote health for all and to reduce health inequalities. In our Women’s Health research, we aim to understand the effects of gender on health and to reduce the health inequalities experienced by women and girls.

The XYX Lab is a team of experienced design researchers exploring gender-sensitive design practices and theory. Our work operates at the intersection of gender, identity, urban space and advocacy. Through our research, we bring together planners, policymakers, local government and stakeholders to make tangible the experiences of underrepresented communities in urban space and planning.

News & Announcements

Advancing staff equity in STEMM in the face of COVID-19

Literature and data are emerging worldwide on the risks and impact of COVID-19 on equity outcomes for groups that are underrepresented in the workplace. Monash University's Athena SWAN Committee have developed a position paper identifying a set of guiding principles and actions that will help to ensure workplaces do not lose the recent gains made in employment of women and other underrepresented groups.

The Committee will continue monitoring the gendered impact on STEMM staff through a range of metrics including a longitudinal survey. The Athena SWAN Committee is a diverse group of individuals representing all levels of the academic community. Although their focus is primarily on the advancement of gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) fields, most opportunities and risks outlined in this paper are applicable across all disciplines.

Read the position paper here.
Find out more about Athena SWAN at Monash here.
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