A virus doesn’t seem to care about race, class, gender, nationality and power. Its effect is on everybody. It crosses borders and reminds humanity that we are all living on one planet. Nation/ality has no meaning for a virus going viral creating a global pandemic. So, we thought as we entered this global pandemic; when Covid-19 struck Asia, Europe, and further the Americas and Africa. After months of medical and political responses, months of national and local lockdowns and social distancing, we’re facing massive consequences, which hits us hard. As this global pandemic effects everybody and each country, it does not hit us the same. Economic recessions are emerging everywhere, people’s patience is tested everywhere, we realize we lost differently and we are continuingly addressed differently by medical treatments and governments. As we keep on practicing social distancing to stem this pandemic, the distance between the rich and the poor, the included and the excluded, the “haves” and the “have-nots” is rapidly growing.
With experts whose works are grounded in intersectional approaches to community education and empowerment we will discuss various ways of recent responses to consequences and challenges of Covid 19 as well as traditions of crisis responses by NGOs, marginalized and racialized communities worldwide.
Working language will be English, a German translation is possible via the zoom webinar.
While a backlash concerning traditional distribution of gender roles and family models can be observed we see women taking leading roles in current ongoing social movements and protests. To take a closer look at the situation in different countries with regard to the impact of Covid 19 pandemic on the everyday life of women and their role in transformation processes we invited activists for an informal exchange with each other and with the audience:
Svetlana Gatalskaya (Minsk, Belarus), eco-social entrepreneur, co-founder of the “March on, Babe!”-movement and member of the the Coordination Council of Belarus; Ani Kojoyan (Yerevan, Armenia), PhD, an expert in gender and women’s studies; Kathy Ziegler (Germany), journalist (Deutschlandfunk Nova) and trade union activist (i.a. women’s council of the ver.di Cologne-Bonn-Leverkusen), Viktoryia Andrukovich (Belarus), human rights and civic activist, NGO “Human Constanta” and Agnieszka Graff (Poland) PhD, scholar, media commentator, activist, professor at University of Warsaw American Studies Center, the author of several books .
Parallel mit der Rückkehr zur traditionellen Verteilung der Geschlechterrollen und Familienmodelle ist zu beobachten, dass Frauen in den aktuellen sozialen Bewegungen und Protesten führende Rollen übernehmen. Um die Situation in verschiedenen Ländern im Hinblick auf die Auswirkungen der Covid-19-Pandemie auf den Alltag von Frauen und ihre Rolle in Transformationsprozessen näher zu beleuchten, laden wir Aktivistinnen zu einem informellen Austausch untereinander und mit dem Publikum ein. Mit dabei sind:
– Svetlana Gatalskaya (Belarus), öko-soziale Unternehmerin, Mitbegründerin der “March on, Babe!”-Bewegung und Mitglied des Koordinationsrates von Belarus,
– Ani Kojoyan (Armenien), Doktorandin, Expertin für Gender- und Frauenforschung;
– Kathy Ziegler (Deutschland), Journalistin (Deutschlandfunk Nova) und Gewerkschaftsaktivistin (i. a. Frauenrat der ver.di Köln-Bonn-Leverkusen),
– Viktoryia Andrukovich (Belarus), Menschenrechts- und Bürgerrechtsaktivistin, NGO “Human Constanta”
– Agnieszka Graff (Polen), Kommentatorin, Frauen- und Menschenrechtsaktivistin, Professorin an der Universität Warschau am American Studies Center
Identity and Citizenship Education: young perspectives from Tunisia and Lebanon
“What is the definition of national identity from a young perspective? Could global citizenship be the answer regarding our future identity?”
In the light of this, we would like to start the discussion and invite you to our upcoming online discussion on “Identity and Citizenship Education: young perspectives from Tunisia and Lebanon” on the 12th of November 2020 at 3 PM CET.
Challenging times and barriers for education in Moldova, Ukraine and Germany
In view of school closures in times of pandemic, teachers, students and school administrations had to face a variety of challenges to enable alternative strategies for education. Digital Divide becomes noticeable and raises questions in differences of access to educational infrastructures.
To have a closer look at this topic, we would like to start a discussion and invite you to our upcoming online event on “Challenging times and barriers for education in Moldova, Ukraine and Germany” on the 12th of November 2020 at 5 PM CET.