The Impact of UK Austerity Measures on Gender Equality and Citizenship

European Research Institute Building (G51) University of Birmingham
Social Sciences
Friday 27th April 2012 (13:00-17:30)
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The UK Coalition Government’s current austerity programme is presented as a necessary and ‘fair’ response to a crisis in which the British people are ‘all in it together.’ Is it? Or are there winners and losers? Will the consequence be a ‘roll back’ of many of the substantive gains in gender equality in the UK since 1945? This symposium brings together academics, policymakers, third sector organizations and advocates to interrogate the gendered impacts of austerity measures. Themes include: the political economy of cuts; the impacts on gender equality; the role of the state in promoting equality and inclusion; citizenship; welfare, poverty and social exclusion.

Speakers include:

  • Baroness Ruth Lister (Compass; Fair Pay Network; Smith Institute)
  • Anna Bird (Fawcett Society)
  • Scarlett Harris (Women’s Equality Officer, TUC)
  • Susan Himmelweit (Open University; Women’s Budget Group)
  • Sylvia Walby (UNESCO Chair, Gender Research Group)

Hosted by the Gender and Feminist Theory Research Group

To register, please contact:

Dr. Jill Steans
Dr. Laura Jenkins E-mail:

Event flyer: Birmingham Symposium on the Gendered Impacts of UK Austerity