Gender Equality and Women’s

Economic Empowerment
in Time of Crisis

About the Conference

The FREE Network - the Forum for Research on Eastern Europe and Emerging Economies - and the International School of Economics at TSU (ISET) and its Policy Institute, are delighted to extend a warm invitation to participate in an international conference on gender economics entitled: "Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment in Time of Crisis”.

The objective of the conference is to bring together academics, policy practitioners, and broader development community to present policy-relevant academic research, discuss why the focus on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment matters in time of crisis (wars, pandemic, global economic and political uncertainty), how crisis affect gender equality, and how better policies to remove existing gender equality constraints can help achieve wider development goals.

Key Note Speakers

Elizabeth Brainerd


Susan and Barton Winokur Professor of Economics and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Economics Dept. Brandeis University

Research interests: labor and health economics; economics of the family


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Call for Papers

We are currently accepting abstracts (max 500 words) presenting research on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Impact of COVID-19 on education, labour market, economic and social outcomes for women and men
  • Impact of climate change on gender inequality and women’s vulnerability
  • Gender gap in the allocation of time to unpaid domestic work in the context of COVID-19
  • Gender gap in political participation – challenges during the time of crisis
  • Son preference and gender-biased sex selection: causes and consequences
  • Intimate partner violence in time of crisis
  • War and violence against women
  • Gender equality and post-war recovery 

Online submission is open via, please type the subject box with Call for papers submission: Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment in Time of Crisis. The deadline for submission: 19 June, 2023.

Important Dates

Conference dates: 19-20 October, 2023 (Tbilisi, Georgia)

Deadline for abstract submissions: June 19, 2023

Notification of acceptance: July 10, 2023

Full-paper submission for accepted abstracts: September 15, 2023


There is no conference fee but participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. The conference is organized as part of the FROGEE initiative - the Forum for Research on Gender Economics – supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and coordinated by the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE).

Contact Us

16 Zandukeli Street, Tbilisi 0108 Georgia

Tel.: +995 32 2507177


16, Zandukeli St,
0108 Tbilisi,

Telephone: (+995 32) 250 71 77