This forum revisits a Special Issue on International Financial Institutions and Gendered Circuits of Labour and Violence in Review of International Political Economy (RIPE) edited by Aida A. Hozić and Jacqui True and first published online in April 2020. While the focus of the special issue was on gendered effects of economic recovery in post-conflict spaces, in this series of blog posts, contributing authors re-examine their articles in light of the COVID-19 global crisis and explore their implications for the world, post-COVID recovery. Their key message is clear: If attempts to stimulate recovery and growth follow the, by now, well-trodden blueprints of post-conflict policies promoted by the World Bank and IMF, the future of gender equality and women’s freedom from violence and want – which has taken devastating hits in every country, during and under the guise of the pandemic – is not promising. The Bank itself estimates 47 million women worldwide will fall into extreme poverty this year because they are overrepresented in the hardest hit sectors. The world has never been more in dire need of structural changes which would prioritise economies of care and justice as opposed to extraction, depletion, indebtedness and accumulation. Women’s economic inclusion is crucial for sustaining peace, health and wellbeing, and our planet. The pandemic has created widespread female unemployment, income loss, and gender-based violence that is destabilising in the context of transnational capitalism and crime. And it is most destabilising in those fragile places most affected by climate change and conflict.
Featuring the posts from:
- Aida A. Hozić and Jacqui True, ‘What Bodies and What IPE?’
- Carol Cohn and Claire Duncanson, ‘Whose Recovery?’
- Daniela Lai, ‘Not Another “Transition”, Please’.
- Melissa Johnston, ‘Let the Micro-Lenders Fail!’
- Vesna Bojičić-Dźelilović and Aida A. Hozić, ‘On Taxes and Death’
- Jenny Mathers, ‘Gendered Insecurities in Ukraine’