The Effects of COVID-19 on Travel in Vulnerable Situations

2:00pm - 4:00pm / Tuesday 30th June 2020
Type: Seminar / Category: Research / Series: Europe and the World Centre
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The COVID-19 pandemic has tragically effected lives globally, but the idea that all lives have been effected equally is unrealistic. Individuals finding themselves in vulnerable situations prior to the pandemic have often seen those situations get drastically worse as a result of the current public health crisis. This webinar will focus on two such examples drawing on the research of the two scholars involved. We will focus on the conditions facing refugees in Greece and the effect of travel restrictions of women's sexual and reproductive health.

Current restrictions on travel are having a profound impact on women's sexual and reproductive health - for example - global shortages of contraception and abortion medication, closures of clinics, inability to travel in regions where abortion is illegal and opposition to telemedicine - highlight the inadequacy of abortion laws and the need for radical overhaul of systems supporting women's health.

At the same time we have seen refugees in Greece facing extreme lockdowns in camps and Reception and Identification Centres in conditions that make following the advice to wash hands regularly, socially distance and stay at home impossible.

The webinar will look at the effects of the pandemic on making vulnerable situations worse, and what is needed to improve these situations.

Presenter bios-

Dr Gemma Bird works on conditions facing refugees along the 'Balkan Route' as a part of the IR Aesthetics research collective. She is the co-author of 'The Everyday at the border: examining visual, material and spatial intersections of international politics along the ‘Balkan Route’ (Cooperation and Conflict, 2020) and author of Foundations of Just Cross-Cultural Dialogue in Kant and African Political Thought (Palgrave, 2019).

Dr Claire Pierson is an expert on sexual and reproductive rights, she is the co-author of 'Reimagining global abortion politics (Policy Press, 2018) and co-editor of 'Crossing Troubled Waters: Abortion in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Prince Edward Island (Island Studies Press, 2018).