Online-Diskussion Donnerstag, 13. August 2020

A feminist exploration: demography

Urheber/in: Paolo Bendandi. Public Domain.
Datum, Uhrzeit
Donnerstag, 13. August 2020,
16.00 – 17.00 Uhr In meinem Kalender speichern
▶ Online-Veranstaltung

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Brüssel - Europäische Union

Join us for the second edition of ”A feminist exploration” - this time we are going to look at demography, the study of populations and how it is used politically. Together with Associate Professor of Demography Livia Sz. Oláh, we will dive into the trends shaping Europe’s (and the world’s) demographic profile, a topic accentuated among other things by a recent Lancet study, and explore links to changing gender relations. We will also get some insights to family development in Europe.

In the past and present, demography has been used by populist actors as justification for a traditional vision of society with the consequence of reducing women’s rights and sexual rights, and enforcing a particular family type (the nuclear family of married couples with children), marginalising other family constellations (divorced/lone parents, cohabiting couples, same-sex families, etc.). Changing family structures are, however, interrelated with our capacity to deal with societal changes, including challenges brought about by ageing societies. Who is going to pay taxes in a massively aged world? Who will pay for healthcare and who will be responsible for care work? Will people still be able to retire from work? How can we ensure future policy-making will not – restrain democratic and sustainable societal development in its attempt to address the (projected) fertility decline related to population ageing?

This monthly discussion series is powered by and created for feminist scholars, activists and policymakers – in Europe and beyond. We are looking forward to your participation!


30-minute Mini Lecture by Livia Sz. Oláh
Associate Professor of Demography (Ph.D., 2001, Stockholm University) at the Dept. of Sociology, Stockholm University

30-minute Debate moderated by Neil Datta
European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual & Reproductive Rights, Brussels


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