The Nordic Africa Institute


Gendered effects of the pandemic in Africa – ways forward

South African woman sewing face masks

IMF Photo/James Oatway19 May 2020 Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo ref: Oatway_Covid_IMF_10.jpg

Time • 8 Mar 2022 10:30 - 12:00
Place • Zoom

Join us on the International Women's Day 2022 for a webinar where we will discuss how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected women and girls in Africa, with a specific focus on Ghana, South Africa and Uganda. We will also discuss the gendered needs in a post-pandemic scenario and phase of recovery.

The pandemic has affected African women and girls in adverse ways further emphasising existing gender inequalities. During this webinar, we will raise the following issues; What are the experiences from the pandemic of different Ghanaian, South African and Ugandan women? How has the pandemic affected women’s care work? And what have the implications been for sexual and gender-based violence?

We will also address the local responses from the women’s organisations, and debate to which extent gender perspectives are reflected in post-pandemic responses such as national policies and plans for recovery.

The webinar will be moderated by Diana Højlund Madsen, Senior Gender Researcher, The Nordic Africa Institute

Watch the recorded webinar here:

  • Opening remarks
    Eleanor Fisher, Head of Research, The Nordic Africa Institute
  • Discussion
    Moderated by Diana Højlund Madsen, Senior Gender Researcher, The Nordic Africa Institute
  • Closing remarks


  • Amanda Gouws, Professor of Political Science, University of Stellenbosch
    Dr. Gouws holds an NRF Research Chair in Gender Politics. She is the co-author of the book ‘Covid Diaries External link, opens in new window.’ published 2021 by Imbali Academic Publishers with essays from South African women describing how Covid-19 has impacted on their lives.
  • Irene Appeaning Addo, PhD & Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Africa Studies, University of Ghana – Legon
    Dr. Appeaning Addo is the co-author of an article on the experiences of female academics at the university of Ghana during the pandemic. The article is part of a special issue of the journal Feminist Africa.
  • Viola Nilah Nyakato, PhD & Senior Lecturer Mbarara University, Incoming African Scholar, The Nordic Africa Institute
    Dr. Nilah Nyakato is engaged in projects on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the era of the pandemic.

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