Event

International Conference on Gender and the Global Economic Crisis

Event Type: Conference, Meeting or Symposium

Date: 13.07.09 – 14.07.09

Location: United Nations, New York – ECOSOC Chamber

Details

The International Working Group on Gender, Macroeconomics and International Economics (GEM-IWG) is hosting the International Conference of Gender and Global Economic Crisis from 13-14 July at the UN Headquarters' ECOSOC Chamber in New York. The event is co-organized by the Gender Equality and the Economy Program,
Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.

PROGRAMME

Monday, 13 July 2009

9: 00–11:00
Welcome and Opening (Panel I) Gender and Global Economic Crisis: The Challenge for National and International Policy Responses

Moderator: Nilufer Cagatay, Co- Director, GEM- IWG, Professor of Economics, The University of Utah and Senior Scholar, Gender Equality in the Economy Program (GEEP), The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, New York, USA

Speakers: Rocío García Gaytán, President, The National Institute of Women, Mexico (INMUJERES); Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, UNDESA; Carolyn Hannan, Director, UNDAW; Yassine Fall, Senior Economic Advisor, UNIFEM; Selim Jahan, Head of the Poverty Group, Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP; Francisco Cos-Montiel, Senior Program Specialist, Women’s Rights and Citizenship Program, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada

11:00–11:30
Coffee Break

11:30–13:00
Panel II Economic Crises and the Paths of Transmission of Crises

Moderator: Soraya Hassanali, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Government of Canada

Presenters:

  1. Amit Bhaduri, Professor of Economics, University of Pavia, Italy and Professor Emeritus of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Visiting Professor, Indian Council of Social Development, New Delhi, The Macroeconomic Interaction between the Real and the Financial Crisis
  2. Jayati Ghosh, Executive Secretary, International Development Economics Associates, (IDEAs) and Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) India, The Unnatural Coupling: Food and Global Finance
  3. Rania Antonopoulos, Co-Director, GEM- IWG and Director, Gender Equality in the Economy Program (GEEP), The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, New York, USA, The Gendered Channels of Transmission of Economic Crisis
  4. Comments: Dimitri Papadimitriou, The Levy Economics Institute; Manuel Montes, Chief, Policy Analysis, Financing for Development Office, UNDESA

13:00–15:00
Lunch Break

15:00–16:30
Panel III Assessing Human Well -being and Inequalities Before and After Crises

Moderator: Indira Hirway, GEM – IWG, Director, Center for Development Alternatives, India and Research Associate, The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College

Presenters:

  1. Boris Branisa, Stephan Klasenn and Maria Ziegler, Department of Economics, University of Goettingen, Germany, The Construction of the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI)
  2. Feridoon Koohi-Kamali, Research Scholar, The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, New York, USA, Intra-household Inequality and Child Gender Bias in Ethiopia and India: Implications for Assessing Impacts of Crises
  3. Eka Sepashvili, GEM-IWG and Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, Tbilisi State University Deputy Head, European Co-ordination Department, State Chancellery, Georgia, Welfare of the Population of Georgia Before and After the Economic Crisis
  4. Ajit Zacharias, Senior Scholar, Income and Wealth Distribution Program and Kijong Kim, Research Scholar, Gender Equality in the Economy Program (GEEP), The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College New York, USA, Distributional Impacts of the Obama Administration’s Stimulus Job Creation Program

Comments: Jayati Ghosh, Executive Secretary of International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs) and Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) India

16:30–17:00
Coffee Break

17:00–18:30
Panel IV Gender, Employment and Economic Crisis

Moderator: Bola Akanji, GEM-IWG, and Research Professor, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), Nigeria

Presenters:

  1. Indira Hirway, GEM-IWG and Center for Development Alternatives, India and The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Crisis on Informal and Marginalized Workers in India
  2. Jennifer Olmsted, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, Drew University, U.S.A., Gendered Employment Patterns in Economies Vulnerable to Economic Isolation During Economic Crisis: Lessons from the Middle East
  3. Heather Gibb, GEM-IWG and Senior Researcher, The North- South Institute, Canada, Implications of the Economic Crisis for Women Migrant Workers in Asia
  4. Ozge Izdes, GEM-IWG and University of Utah, U.S.A., The Gendered Employment Impacts of Recessions in Turkey 1986 to the present

Comments: Rania Antonopoulos, GEM-IWG, and The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

9:00–10:30
Panel V. Economic Crisis and Gender Impacts in Latin America

Moderator: Yassine Fall, Senior Economic Advisor, UNIFEM

Speakers:

  1. Alma Espino, GEM-IWG and Researcher, Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios Sobre el Desarrollo (CIEDUR), Uruguay, The Impact of the Crisis on Women in Latin America
  2. Rocío García Gaytán, President, The National Institute of Women, Mexico, (INMUJERES), Gender Differentials During Economic Turmoil: The Case of Mexican Rural and Urban Women
  3. Alison Vasconez, GEM-IWG and GEM-LAC coordination group, FLACSO, Ecuador, Precarious Labor, Precarious Life: Interactions Between Care and Paid Labor in Ecuador During Economic Crisis

Comments: Alicia Giron, GEM-IWG and Professor of Economics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

10:30–11:00
Coffee Break

11:00–13:00
Panel VI. Assessing Impacts of Crises on Human Development, Well-being and Poverty

Moderator: Naoko Otobe, Senior Employment Specialist, Country Employment Policy Unit Employment Sector, ILO

Presenters:

  1. Madhu Bhaduri, (Retired) Ambassador of the Government of India, Women and the Right to Information with Special Reference to the Public Distribution System in India
  2. Sara Hsu, IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin, How Did the US Financial Crisis Affect China’s Rural Poor?
  3. Bola Akanji, GEM-IWG and Research Professor, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), Nigeria, The Gender Dimension of the Food Crisis in Africa
  4. Parthaprathim Pal, GEM-IWG and Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India, Commodity Price Movements and Their Impact on Human Development: Evidence from Asia and Policy Options

Comments: Manuel Montes, Chief, Policy Analysis, Financing for Development Office, UNDESA

13:00–15:00
Lunch Break

15:00–16:30
Panel VII. Roundtable on Gender-Equitable and Pro-Poor Policy
Responses to the Crisis

Moderator: Madhu Bhaduri, Ambassador of the Government of India (Retired)

Speakers:

  1. Nilufer Cagatay, GEM-IWG, University of Utah and the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, Gender, Poverty and Policy Space: What Have We Learned From Previous Crises?
  2. Jayati Ghosh, Executive Secretary, International Development Economics Associates IDEAs) and Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) India, The Current Financial Crisis: A Blessing in Disguise for Developing Countries?
  3. Manuel Montes, Chief, Policy Analysis, Financing for Development Office, UNDESA, The Role of Gender and Equity in Addressing the Problem of Global Imbalances
  4. Yassine Fall, Senior Economic Advisor, UNIFEM, Food Security and Gender in Times of Economic Crises: Some Policy Options
  5. Mariama Williams, GEM-IWG, Policy Research Analyst, Integrated Policy Research Institute (IPRI) and Research Adviser, International Gender and Trade Network (IGTN), International Trade, Investment and Tax Cooperation: Their Roles in Economic Recovery

16:30–17:00
Coffee Break

17:00–18:00
Panel VIII: Roundtable (continued) on Gender Equitable and Pro- Poor Policy Responses to the Crisis

Moderator: Manuel Montes, Chief, Policy Analysis, Financing for Development Office, UNDESA

Speakers:

  1. Indira Hirway, Director, Center for Development Alternatives, Ahmedabad, India, and Research Associate, The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, Restoring Growth Through Pro-poor and Gender Equitable Distribution
  2. Amit Bhaduri, Professor of Economics, University of Pavia, Italy and Professor Emeritus of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Visiting Professor, Indian Council of Social Development, New Delhi, Employment Guarantee and People's Right to Livelihood: the Perspective of Gender and Class
  3. Rania Antonopoulos, GEM-IWG and the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, Gender Informed Employment of Last Resort Policies: Reducing Unpaid Work, Promoting Pro-poor Growth

18:00–18:30
Final Discussion and Recommendations of the Conference

Moderators: Rania Antonopoulos and Nilufer Cagatay

All Conference Participants

18:30–18:45
Closing Remarks

Sponsored by: GEM-IWG, Government of Mexico and INMUJERES (Mexico), UNDESA/UNDAW, UNDP, UNIFEM and IDRC (Canada), Ford Foundation (US) and the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College (US)