Rising above the pandemi: Covid-19 and its affect on Women and Gender

Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre for Social and Policy Studies (TCLC) organised a talk online entitled “Rising above the pandemic: Covid-19 and its effect on Women and Gender” conducted by Ms Nazreen Nizam, Dr Lim Soo Jin and Dr Premalatha Karupiah on 12 Aug 2020.

Dr Lim delivering her talk and present her slide online
The talk highlighted the long-term consequences of COVID-19 global pandemic on societies and the global economy. It had also highlighted the inequalities and the multiple discrimination faced by women and girls. In many instances women weree overburdened by unpaid work, unable to continue their learning at a distance, and facing growing domestic violence. There were close to 40 participants in the talk, mostly UTAR staff from various faculties, students, undergraduate and postgraduate, and researchers. 

There were many pivotal questions and discussions during this time and participants were enlightened by the various accounts of what women face during the pandemic. Participants (students) were encouraged to know more about gender inequality and the patriarchal system. Questions from participants included asking panelists about the role of women through the eyes of religion and the importance of gender mainstreaming in Malaysian culture which was then answered by Dr Lim and Dr Prema.