Gender and the Economic Crisis: Impact and Responses Workshop

The Gender and the Economic Crisis Workshop, held at Oxfam House on 15-16th September 2009 brought together twenty-five practitioners, economists, and academics from a variety of development and research organisations to present learning and experiences on the impact of the crisis on gender equality and women’s rights.

The workshop was organised by Oxfam GB and Gender & Development as part of a wider learning project on the gendered impacts of the crisis. For more information on the project click here.

The objective of the workshop was to share information and analyses available so far on the impact of the crisis on poor women, men and children in developing countries; to see how the economic crisis links with other crises including climate change, food security and HIV, and to focus on the ways in which individuals and households are attempting to survive.

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Workshop Presentations

Gender and the Economic Crisis in developing countries: A framework for analysis
Diane Elson, University of Essex
Presentation (PPT)
Framework for Analysis (PDF)
Tracking the impact on women: 10 things women's groups can do (PDF)

Crisis of reproduction as well as of production and finance (The Human Development approach)
Ruth Pearson, University of Leeds
Presentation (PPT)

Gender dimensions of the financial and economic crisis
Sibel Selcuk, UN Division for the Advancement of Women
Presentation (PPT)

Food and commodity price crises; Gendered vulnerabilities and social policy responses
Jessica Espey, Overseas Development Institute Presentation (PPT)

Women street traders in South Africa
Jen Cohen, University of Witswatersrand
Presentation (PPT)

Disposable in the downturn? Ethiopian domestic workers in the Middle-East
Bina Fernandez, University of Leeds
Presentation (PPT)

Oxfam research on impact on women in South East Asia
Aphitchaya Nguanbanchong, Oxfam GB
Presentation (PPT)

The impact of the downturn on gender and growth: DFID’s analysis and response
Sutapa Choudhury, Growth Team, DfID
Presentation (PPT)
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Responses from formal politics
Fiona Hodgson, Conservative Women's Association
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What kind of economic models are agencies going to be supporting?
Diane Elson, University of Essex
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