On June 3, 2021 Gender Economics Research Center (GERC) conducted a Round table on the topic “The gender-differentiated impact of the pandemic on paid and unpaid/care work”.
The purpose of this round table was to discuss the gender impact of the pandemic in Kazakhstan and Central Asia and to find effective and efficient solutions to existing problems; to promote interaction between the government, academia, international and public organizations to promote effective policies to overcome the negative socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on paid and unpaid work among women and men.
The keynote speaker for the Round table was Professor Mika Meurs, International expert of GERC, Сo- director of the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics, American University, Washington DC, USA.
The Round Table included the following speakers as well: Miras Daulenov, President - Chairman of the Board of the JSC Narxoz University; Aida Aidarkulova, Chair of the Executive Council at Soros Foundation Kazakhstan; Lyazzat Ramazanova, Deputy of the Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Chairman of the National Commission on Women’s Affairs and Family and Demographic Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Irina Smirnova, Deputy of the Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Dina Amrisheva, Program specialist of UN Women Kazakhstan; Alma Kassymova, National Programme Manager, Advice for Small Business, EBRD Kazakhstan; Ulugbek Kamaletdinov, Project manager, UNDP Uzbekistan; Maigul Nugmanova, Director of the Gender Economics Research Center. The discussion was moderated by Kasymkhan Kapparov, the founder of the online platform for expert discussions Ekonomist.kz.
There were discussed the research results of the Center’s Fellows in the framework of the Round table on themes: “The impact of the pandemic on paid and unpaid work among women and men in Kazakhstan”, “Women in informal economy in the light of COVID-19”, “Challenges of graduate student mothers during the pandemic: A case study of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan”.
Over 50 people attended the Round table, including international experts, representatives of government agencies, international and public organizations, scientific and academic communities.
The event was supported by the Soros Foundation - Kazakhstan. The partner of the event was the
National Commission for Women Affairs, Family and Demographic Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Ekonomist.kz became the information partner of the event.