The recording of this panel discussion is now available, featuring Professor Jennifer Curtin talking about New Zealand’s policy responses to COVID-19 through a gender lens.

Also featuring Fiona Buckley, Sabine Lang, Claire Annesley and Pedro Dos Santos. Hosted by the University of New South Wales Australian Human Rights Institute.

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A reflection on the gender implications of COVID-19 hosted by The Feminist Institutionalism International Network (FIIN).

About this Event

FIIN webinar series: COVID-19 and Gender: Feminist Institutionalist Provocations

The Feminist Institutionalism International Network (FIIN) is running a series of webinars to reflect on the gender implications of COVID-19. The series will discuss the usefulness of feminist institutionalist concepts and methods for understanding shifts in gender rules, practices and outcomes due to the pandemic.

This webinar, Masculinity and merit, will be the third in the series.

Webinar 3 – Masculinity and merit: Debunking myths of political leadership in the pandemic age

During COVID a significant amount of attention has been placed on political leaders, trying to link their gender to their approach to and success at managing the response to the pandemic. Have women really been better at navigating this crisis because they are women: maternal, more caring, collaborative and decisive rather than campaigning? Or is it because this is a health crisis rather than an economic or security crisis? Or perhaps it has more to do with the fact that women are more likely to become leaders in countries that are already institutionally secure and well governed and therefore predisposed to managing such a crisis?

This webinar will unpack these issues from an FI perspective. In FI we acknowledge that there are three dimensions to gender and institutions: rules about gender (webinar 1), gendered consequences of rules (webinar 2) and that there are also gendered actors working with the rules (this webinar 3). Rules are made, enforced and sanctioned by actors who themselves identify with a particular gender and also have gendered expectations imposed on them – the gendered logic of appropriateness. Does this FI approach to gender and leadership offer different insights into why Merkel, Ardern, Trump and Bolsonaro have acted the way they have during COVID-19, which created the brand new institution of quarantine?