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Inequalities between men and women and gender violence: do they really go together?

Dates:
  • Mon 05 Oct 2020 15.00 - 17.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-10-05 15:00 2020-10-05 17:00 Europe/Paris Inequalities between men and women and gender violence: do they really go together?

Seminar of the Inequality, Welfare and Social Justice cluster

The lockdown following the Covid emergency has raised awareness of the concept of resilience, but also awakened the public to the extent of domestic violence in our societies. One question that needs a clear answer is whether progress in gender equality actually helps reduce violence against women. While progressive political circles often spread positive expectations in this regard, the issue remains controversial in the specialized literature. I will show that the answer depends crucially on how violence is measured. Using an authoritative data source for Europe – the survey by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) – I will show that, when properly measured, domestic violence against women tends to be lower in more gender-equal countries. In the public domain however, including the work domain, there is no solid evidence of this relationship between equality and decreased violence. Based on these findings I shall open the discussion on possible post-Covid scenarios with participants to the seminar.

Sala degli Stemmi - Villa Salviati- Castle DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala degli Stemmi - Villa Salviati- Castle

Seminar of the Inequality, Welfare and Social Justice cluster

The lockdown following the Covid emergency has raised awareness of the concept of resilience, but also awakened the public to the extent of domestic violence in our societies. One question that needs a clear answer is whether progress in gender equality actually helps reduce violence against women. While progressive political circles often spread positive expectations in this regard, the issue remains controversial in the specialized literature. I will show that the answer depends crucially on how violence is measured. Using an authoritative data source for Europe – the survey by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) – I will show that, when properly measured, domestic violence against women tends to be lower in more gender-equal countries. In the public domain however, including the work domain, there is no solid evidence of this relationship between equality and decreased violence. Based on these findings I shall open the discussion on possible post-Covid scenarios with participants to the seminar.


Location:
Sala degli Stemmi - Villa Salviati- Castle

Affiliation:
Academic Service
Department of Economics
Department of History and Civilization
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Research seminar

Organiser:
Prof. Laura Lee Downs
Prof. Anton Hemerijck (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Prof. Thomas Crossley (University of Essex)

Contact:
Serena Belligoli (EUI - Academic Service) - Send a mail

Speaker:
Prof. Francesca Bettio (University of Siena)

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