Special Issue "Family, Work and Welfare: A Gender Lens on COVID-19"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Social Policy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. María José González
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Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27 08005, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: family sociology; gender inequalities; childhood; family policies; social inequalities

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The aim of this Special Issue is to present papers relevant for understanding the effect of the public health emergency generated by COVID-19 on gender inequalities and family relations, in order to help social scientists better address emerging challenges for contemporary families. The pandemic has been signaled for exacerbating gender inequalities and increasing domestic violence. These suspicions have encouraged many social scientists to rush to obtain real-time data on how people are responding to this unfolding circumstance.

We especially invite submissions on the following topics, among others:

- New gender inequalities in time use during confinement;

- Domestic violence;

- Economic impact of COVID-19 for working women;

- Gender and health inequalities;

- Gender differences in attending to the educational needs of children at home;

- Care of dependent relatives;

- Solidarity networks of care.

Dr. María José González
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • Gender inequalities
  • Housework
  • Care
  • Violence
  • Welfare

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Covid-19 and Women’s Triple Burden: Vignettes from Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Vietnam and Australia
Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(5), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9050087 - 21 May 2020
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During disease outbreaks, women endure additional burdens associated with paid and unpaid work, often without consideration or the alleviation of other life responsibilities. This paper draws on the concept of the triple burden in theorizing the gender divisions in productive and reproductive work [...] Read more.
During disease outbreaks, women endure additional burdens associated with paid and unpaid work, often without consideration or the alleviation of other life responsibilities. This paper draws on the concept of the triple burden in theorizing the gender divisions in productive and reproductive work and community activities in the context of disaster. Events that include famine, war, natural disaster or disease outbreak are all well documented as increasing women’s vulnerability to a worsening of gendered burdens. In the case of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, this is no different. Focussing on Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Vietnam and Australia, the four vignettes in this paper serve to highlight the intersections between Covid-19 and gendered burdens, particularly in frontline work, unpaid care work and community activities. While pre-disaster gender burdens are well established as strong, our analysis during the early months of the pandemic indicates that women’s burdens are escalating. We estimate that women will endure a worsening of their burdens until the pandemic is well under control, and for a long time after. Public policy and health efforts have not sufficiently acknowledged the issues concerned with the associations between gender and disease outbreaks. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Family, Work and Welfare: A Gender Lens on COVID-19)
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