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E-conference focuses on COVID-19 impact on women�s lives

By The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, Aug 30 - The Indian Association of Women�s Studies (IAWS) Northeast regional e-conference on �Gender during COVID-19: Perspectives from North East India� was held from August 25-27.

It attempted to address the voices and experiences of marginalised groups, especially in relation to women from the Northeast and considered the diverse and manifold issues which have impacted their lives in the times of COVID-19, stated a press release.

The e-conference was jointly hosted by 14 organisations, including eight major universities and research institutes, and women�s collectives and NGOs from the region.

Addressed by Dr Meera Velayudhan, president of IAWS, Prof Ishita Mukhopadhyay, convenor and treasurer of IAWS, and Vice Chancellor of Cotton University Prof Bhabesh Chandra Goswami, the conference opened to a large virtual presence of prominent academics and activists from the region.

The exchange of views in the e-conference has paved new ways of understanding the onslaught of COVID-19 and how it has amplified gender inequality, disrupted existing modes of living in the context of women, visible both with respect to their household dynamics and the professional front, the release said.

�In this context, the three-day discussions provided a common platform to prominent academicians and intellectuals, scholars and researchers to throw light on those areas which would reflect on the coping mechanisms of women in the Northeast during the pandemic and to take note of their unheard voices of resilience,� it said.

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