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Gender, essential workers and the crisis - 25 October 2021

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The Covid crisis has shone a light on key workers and the enormity of their personal sacrifices – but with praise and admiration has come a recognition that they have been undervalued for too long, with low pay, job insecurity and a lack of appreciation affecting many, in particular women.

Join our panel to explore the impacts of the pandemic on different types of essential workers, particularly those in female-dominated roles, and to learn about the varying policy responses around the world and the upsurge in activism and organising to enhance the rights of these workers.


  • Nicole Berner, General Counsel, Service Employees International Union
  • Michael Leiblfinger, Care and Migration Researcher, Johannes Kepler University Linz
  • Nikki Pound, Women’s Officer, TUC
  • Michael Sainato, Labour & Economic Justice Reporter, Contributor, The Guardian (chair)

This event forms part of the Gendering Covid-19 social policy initiative from GIWL. This work is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and seeks to inform the development of gender sensitive social policy approaches in the Covid era.

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25 October 2021

Online event