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Central Asia WG • Feminist Economic Analysis of Women’s Precarious Disempowerment: COVID-19 in Uzbekistan

October 5, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This presentation provides a feminist analysis of the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s precarious livelihoods and the lack of multi-dimensional empowerment in Uzbekistan due to a market-driven economy, liberalization and neoliberalism – structures that are ill-prepared to deal with gender equality and pandemic. Feminist analysis aims to examine the gendered nature of the pandemic and its social and economic outcomes by looking at the unequal distribution of pandemic risks. Viewing these conditions through a conceptual feminist framework and lenses of empowerment helps to understand the differential impact of the pandemic on women’s sense of agency and outcomes, given that women in particular experience multiple inequities and hence heightened precarity in neoliberal economy.

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Dr. Zulfiya Tursunova is an associate professor and chair in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at Guilford College, N.C., where she serves as one of the leading experts on community-based peacebuilding practices. Her areas of research include: community economic and social development, food sovereignty, health justice, immigrant family caregiving in transnational context, immigration, borders and belonging, community-based peacebuilding, transitional and restorative justice, sanctuary movements, and peace education.

This event is presented by the Central Asia Working Group and the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies. 


October 5, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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