AbstractsWomens Studies

Gender and Crisis: - Opportunities and challenges caused by the Financial Crisis In Greece

by Manju Ghimire

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Greece, Gender, Financial crisis
Record ID: 1121531
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/20841


This report intends to get into the idea about how the gender is affected by the economic crisis of 2008-09. I have taken Greece as the case study. The main focus of this project is on women, realizing the involvement of women in the unpaid work and their care burden denotes their gender roles, this seem to be the greatest obstacles for the participation in paid economy for instance the gendered work roles are characterize as informal works that are not formally paid. These activities characterize female gender roles because women are involved more in these activities in comparison to their male counterparts. Based on the data extracted from EUROSTAT, that is presented in the chapter four of the report, higher poverty rates, and larger gender gaps in the labour market leads to less economic opportunities and involvement of women in the productive economy. Even though, both male and females experience the effect of crisis with the high unemployment rates and increasing poverty rate women were hit harder in comparison to their male counterparts. For instance, government policies and the various austerity measures implemented with the purpose to recover from the economic crisis have affected gender with the cutbacks in social services. The report introduces and gives an overview about the gender inequality and the financial crisis in Greece in the introduction chapter and it explores the relationship between gender and global political economy in the theoretical perspectives. This report aimed at assisting the reader to understand the opportunities and challenges caused by financial crisis in Greece.