The COVID-19 crisis has further revealed many existing inequalities. Among them, a growing number of studies, including some coming from the Western Balkan countries, has detailed how the pandemic has been affecting people’s lives in a gendered way.
How have women and men in the region been affected differently by the pandemic and the management thereof? What gender inequalities has the current crisis revealed in the different countries of the region? And what do we foresee to be the gendering consequence of this pandemic? These are some of the questions that will be discussed during the online panel on Tuesday, December 15, between 13-14:30 h (CET).
Dr Elena B. Stavrevska is a Research Officer at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has previously worked as a visiting research fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Bard College Berlin, and a work-package coordinator and researcher in the EU-funded project Cultures of Governance and Conflict Resolution in Europe and India at the Central European University. Her research has explored issues of gender, intersectionality, and political economy in conflict-affected societies, with a particular focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina and Colombia.
Dr. Ermira Danaj holds a PhD in human and social sciences from the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland. Since 2002, she has co-authored and authored various research reports, books, articles and other contributions related to gender and feminist studies with a particular focus in Albania and the Balkans. Her main research interests encompass the examination of gender in communist and post-communist Albania, the feminist activism in post-socialist countries, the gendered analysis of migration, of VAW and DV, of labour market, etc. Currently she is an invited lecturer on feminist studies and a visiting researcher at ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon.
Dr. Ana Miškovska Kajevska is a researcher and activist, affiliated with the Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam. She obtained there a PhD degree in Social Sciences and a MSc degree (cum laude) in Sociology and Gender Studies. Her doctoral dissertation won the 2015 Gender and Politics PhD Prize of the European Consortium for Political Research and was published under the title "Feminist Activism at War: Belgrade and Zagreb Feminists in the 1990s" (Routledge, 2017). The book was nominated for the 2018 Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies. In addition to feminism, nationalism and war violence, Miškovska Kajevska is interested in civil activism, LGBT issues, peacebuilding, and women's reproductive rights and freedoms.
Maja Raičević is Executive Director of Women’s Rights Center (WRC). Within the activities of the Women’s Rights Center, she works directly with women survivors of gender-based violence and discrimination, supporting their protection and access to justice. She runs workshops on gender equality, women’s human rights and violence against women for NGOs, youth and respective institutions. She was the author of numerous reports and publications on women’s human rights and participated in the preparation of a series of national policies in the field of gender equality and gender-based violence.