Gendered Familial Care Work and Public Health Crises Conference, July 20-23, 2021

16 April, 2021

The University of Rhode Island's Department of Philosophy and Division of Research and Economic Development calls for an abstract. The conference organizer is Prof Zahra Meghani. You can get in touch with her directly for further queries. The deadline for abstract submission is May 1st. Kindly look at the conference-related detailed information below.

Gendered Familial Care Work and Public Health Crises Conference, July 20-23, 2021

This on-line multi-disciplinary conference aims to foster dialogue about the connection between public health crises and the gendered caregiving obligations of women and girls in the context of low and lower middle-income countries. The lack of well-developed and adequately funded social protection systems, including national health systems, has profound implications. When national health systems are fragmented and under-funded, *and* the bulk of health care resources are channeled towards certain diseases only, poorer populations are unable to get health care for a variety of other illnesses. That has gendered implications because the responsibility of tending to unwell persons who cannot afford medical care usually falls on the shoulders of their female relatives. Those women and girls from low-income households have to perform their ‘normal’ familial carework*, *work outside the home for pay, *and* take care of those unwell family members.

This multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine the public health and ethico-political significance of fragmented and under-resourced national health systems on the gendered familial care work responsibilities of women and girls from low-income households. A central theme of the conference will be the need of state actors and non-state actors (within nations and internationally) to support and bring about structural, systemic changes that will improve the lives of women and girls from low-income households.

The larger goal of the conference is to foster conversation between researchers, practitioners, and activists from a variety of contexts and fields who are concerned about those issues.

*Theoretical papers are invited as are empirical papers that focus on specific low or lower middle-income countries*.

Plenary speakers include

- Nada M. Ali

- Madhumita Dobe

- Nancy Folbre

- Juliet Nabyonga-Orem

- Colleen O’Manique

- Isha Ray

Abstracts should be 400-500 words. Abstract should be in clear, non-technical language as the conference aims to build bridges between multiple approaches and disciplines.

The deadline for submitting abstract is May 1, 2021.

Abstracts should be submitted here


Notification of acceptance will be by May 15th, 2021.

The conference fee is US $25.00. It will be waived for participants and attendees with inadequate institutional or organizational support.

Select conference papers will be considered for inclusion in an edited collection of papers.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Rhode Island.

Questions about the conference should be sent to

Conference organizer: Zahra Meghani, Philosophy Department, University of Rhode Island.


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