IFRWH 2024 Conference – The International Federation for Research in Women’s History – IFRWH | Federation Internationale pour des Femmes – FIRHF (Web)
Venue: Tsuda University, Tokyo
Proposals by – extended: 01.10.2023
The second decade of the twenty-first century has seen major upheavals that have threatened to reverse much of the progress made in achieving greater gender equality. On the one hand, the global Covid-19 pandemic intensified reactionary trends as the closing of childcare centers and the shift to online classes, put strong pressure on women to stay at home and supervise children. The pandemic exposed the glaring gaps in income in many countries, focusing attention on the precarious working conditions among “essential workers,” many of whom were women engaged in important, but poorly remunerated, “care work.”
At the same time the pandemic was spreading across the globe, new concerns were raised by the outbreak of war with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. As the war continued it has not only brought disastrous losses of life and property but also has threatened the institutions that have stabilized the international system since the end of the Cold War. In country after country, governments have begun to give more attention to “national security” issues, military budgets are rising, and with them concerns that we are on the threshold of a new Cold War.
When we consider the current state of study of women’s history, although there has been much interesting new work, we cannot ignore the huge challenges we face, as political movements have mobilized in opposition to the expansion of the rights of women and sexual minorities, have blocked efforts to close gender gaps, and have waged campaigns to take away a woman’s right to control over her own body and reproductive choices. Read more … (Web)