Photo from Allie on Unsplash
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White Rose Gender Equality College Coffee Topics


Coffee Topics are a monthly get together by zoom to share a discussion about a gender topic of interest. Each Topic will be led by a College Member with a short overview of the key points followed by a chat over coffee (or beverage of choice). Thirty minutes, a chance to talk over an interesting topic and meet fellow College members.

All Coffee Topics start at 11:00 hrs, and run for 30 minutes

Coffee Topics are open to members of the Gender Equality College. If you would like to join, please contact Claire Pickerden, or Mel Knight


When: 11:00, Wednesday 16 September 2020

Speaker: Dr Parveen Ali, Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield

Description: This Coffee Topic will explore the issues of femicide and its impact on children. You may find this report useful – Parveen’s article is on p36

When: 11:00 Wednesday 14 October 2020

Speakers: Dr Seth Mehl & Prof Susan Fitzmaurice, English, University of Sheffield with Prof Patricia Cowell, Health Sciences, University of Sheffield.

Description: GENDER IN COMMUNITY RESEARCH CO-PRODUCTION: women, wellbeing and community identity in rural South Africa. This Coffee Topic will cover the role that gender has played in a series of GCRF funded projects in rural South Africa. Gender as both a focal point of research and as a driver of community-based co-production will be considered in this discussion. The project website showcases our projects and partners.

When: 11:00 Wednesday 18 November 2020

Speaker: Dr Paula Meth, Urban Studies, University of Sheffield

Description: This Coffee Topic considers some of the insights gained from focusing on men alongside women when conducting gender research. It draws on work in South Africa and India on gendered experiences of changes to housing, and also on current work in Ethiopia and South Africa on unemployment and housing challenges for male and female youth.

When: 11:00, Wednesday 9 December 2020

Speaker: Professor Sally Hines, Sociology, University of Sheffield

Description: This Coffee Topic will cover some of the initial findings from Sally’s ESRC project which explores young people’s understandings of ‘gender’ in the UK, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Leeds


The Gender-Sensitive University – A Contradiction in Terms?:
available to download for free

Book by Taylor and Francis:
The concept of a gender-sensitive university requires re-envisioning academia with new forms of leadership fundamental to reforming our institutions.

United Nations initiatives and events:
Women Rise for All – initiative for women leaders to unite for positive post COVID outcomes. You can view the recent July 2020 event here. The first global event addressed by the President of Switzerland, the Prime Minister of Barbados, and Africa’s first elected female president, the former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The keynote address was delivered by Sustainable Development Goals Advocate Graça Machel.

The UN General Assembly event:
Accelerating the realisation of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls‘ will be taking place on 23 September 2020.