Journal Special Issue - "Gendering Pandemic: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women"

deadline for submissions: 
August 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Amina Hussain (Center for Gender Studies)
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Gendering Pandemic: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women

(Special Issue on COVID-19)

Guest Editor: Amina Hussain

CONCEPT NOTE

The novel Coronavirus has gripped the world under its devastating impact. With a rising number of fatalities, subsequent lockdowns, migrants movement, social distancing and quarantines worldwide, the debate has broadened from the public health crisis to the economic recession. Although, as an illness, Coronavirus seems to affect women less severely than men, yet the Coronavirus crisis has put the vulnerable groups and communities at a greater risk. The Ebola crisis in 2014, Zika in 2015 followed by SARS, Swine Flu and Bird Flu has had a profound effect on the gains made on gender equality. Studies from the recent Ebola epidemic revealed some startling facts about gender inequity such as the closure of schools doubled the chances of girls dropping out of school than boys, increase in the rate of teenage pregnancy and rise in domestic and sexual violence. Unsurprisingly, the Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone registered more deaths of women due to obstetric complications than the virus. Social distancing and self-isolation which are enforced by the governments for self-protection and containment becomes a “tool of coercive and controlling behaviours by perpetrators and will shut down routes to safety and support” for women (The British Charity Women’s Aid). The pandemic has exacerbated and sharpened all pre-existing inequalities. According to the UN, violence against women has increased by 25 per cent around the world under the current pandemic. Furthermore, as the lockdown eases and the economy recovers there would be “a prolonged dip in women’s incomes and labor force participation” because of Covid-19, according to the UN projections.

With more epidemics and pandemics predicted by scientists in future, the question of gender cannot be sidestepped. Along with the epidemiological prepared-ness, we also need a robust system, policies and action plan as the lives of millions of girls and women are disproportionately affected in the outbreak. Women constitute 70 per cent of the global health workforce in sectors like nursing, midwife and cleaners and are thus at high risk notwithstanding the unpaid care work and invisible/unrecognised domestic chores which are seminal to sustaining any society, falls largely on women. Growing out of the gender-neutral approach to pandemic, this outbreak is an occasion for gender-responsive research and planning in order to combat gender disparity and respond to women’s specific needs to promote women’s leadership for a recovery plan in alignment with equality, health and economy. In the absence of any gendered analysis of the past epidemics and outbreaks, this special issue of JCLA invites original, unpublished research papers on the following themes, but not limited to:

• Gender-based Violence in the Pandemic

• Economic Impact on Women

• Psychological Impact on Women

• Health, Pregnancy, Women

• Unpaid Care Work

• Migrants Crisis and Women

• Disability and Women

• Pandemic and Queer

• Minorities, Dalits, and Women

• Social Media and Women

• Education and Women

• Work from Home

• Race, Ethnicities, and Women

• Child Abuse and Girls Trafficking

Submission Guidelines:

• Original, unpublished research papers of 5,000-6,000 words.

• A short author(s) bio note of 100 words.

• An abstract of 250-300 words to be submitted on or before 15 July 2020 to genderingpandemic.jcla@gmail.com.

• After the notification of acceptance, full papers must be submitted by 5 September 2020.

• Authors must follow the MLA 8th edition.

• All papers will undergo double-blind peer review and plagiarism check.