Webster Vienna Hosts Road to International Women’s Day 2021 Series

Webster Vienna Private University will host a weeklong series of events leading up to International Women’s Day, which is March 8, 2021.

Vienna's road to IWD 2021The theme for this year, Choose to Challenge, asks how we will help to forge a gender equal world.Webster Vienna's Working Group for Equal Opportunity, in collaboration with all academic departments, is organizing a number of events that will consider and discuss this question in various contexts. Each day will feature an event presented by an academic department, culminating in a panel discussion on "Women and the Pandemic" on Friday, March 5.  

Registration is open for all of the events, with topics and presenters outlined below.

All times are Central European Time (GMT+1)

The Persistence of Gender Stereotypes at Work 
Monday, March 1, 2021 | 14:00-14:30
Business & Management Department

Student Lara Jenko sits down with Dr. Zedlacher to discuss her research on gender stereotypes in the workplace, why they’re so persistent, and what we can do about them. 

Asylum and Refuge from a Gender Perspective 
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 | 17:00-18:00 
International Relations Department 

Dr. Monika Mokre will give a lecture that aims at analyzing asylum and refuge from a perspective focusing on gender and sexuality, drawing on theoretical thought as well as empirical examples.

Gendered stereotypes play an important role in contemporary discourses on refuge and migration. While women and children are mostly seen as victims men are seen as perpetrators. At the same time, female refugees are generally neglected in asylum discourses as well as politics. Similarly, an ambiguous role is ascribed to sexual minorities. 

Researching Gender in Media Communications
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 13:45-14:30 
Media Communications Department 
Student Loren Sandoval Arteaga will discuss her Senior Thesis research with Dr. Anthony Löwstedt and Dr. Meng Chen.

Women and Mental Health: An Overview of Female-centered Experiences 
Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 17:00 
Psychology Department 

MA students Rebecca Mussman and Ryan Ross hope to give an overview on women's mental health, with a few minutes devoted to mental health stats, women's unique experiences working in the mental health fields, and unique COVID circumstances.  


Panel Discussion - Women and the Pandemic 
Friday, March 5 | 17:00 

The panel discussion will be hosted by Webster Vienna's Dr. Julia Ruck and feature experts in their fields talking about the impact of the pandemic on women’s professional and personal lives.  

Alyssa SchneebaumAssistant Professor of Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business  

Alyssa Schneebaum is deputy chair of the Institute for Heterodox Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. She is an economist whose research centers around the role of gender relations in the economy. She has a Ph.D. in Economics and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Theory from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has published extensively on questions around income, education, and wealth gaps by gender, migration background, and sexual orientation. 

Nora RuckAssistant Professor of Psychology, Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna  

Nora Ruck is Vice Dean of Research and Head of the PhD in Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology at the Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna. She holds a diploma and doctorate in psychology (University of Vienna) and has also studied at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen and conducted research at numerous research institutions in Austria and abroad (Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, York University Toronto, Humboldt University Berlin, International Research Centre for Cultural Studies Vienna, Institute for Human Sciences Vienna). She is currently Principal Investigator of the FWF funded research project “The Psychological is Political: A Recent History of Feminist Psychology in Vienna, 1972-2000”. 

Antonia WenzlTeam Leader at waff Careers and Further Education Advisory Centre 

Antonia Wenzl has a background in gender studies, adult education and counseling. She hast been working in this area for over 15 years, since 2017 at the Vienna Employment Promotion Fund (waff). 

Follow this link: https://cutt.ly/HlwpRzp to register for any of the events.  

Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. 

#ChooseToChallenge  #IWD2021

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