The crisis shows how socially unequal the virus and the generated pandemic are

  • Office of the Vice-principal for Equality, Diversity and Sustainability
  • April 14th, 2020

The Professor Alícia Villar, from the Faculty of Social Sciences, analyses how the consequences of the global crisis by the Covid-19 are crossed by social inequalities and demands the implementation of actions to support the health emergency with an emergency of social policies.

Some of the most commonly used expressions in these days of confinement and crisis are undoubtedly "take care of yourself", "let's take care of ourselves", "look after ourselves"... a series of statements, messages and gestures that show that care has become a priority. In the words of Alícia Villar, a researcher at the Universitat de València, this crisis gives reason to the well-known feminist demand to put care work at the centre of society and not just to consider productive work in capitalist society as valuable.

In this sense, one of the last articles published along with Sandra Obiol, 'Crazy about science. The difficulty of mixing accountability and caregiving’. emphasised cures, gender equality and inequalities in the environment of scientific production.

Another more recent article on sexual and gender equality policies in education 'Sex and Gender Equality Policies in Education in Three Southern European Societies: the cases of Andalucía and Valencian Community (Spain) and Portugal' along with Mar Venegas and Sofía Almeida Santos.

Alícia Villar is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology in the Faculty of Social Sciences and her lines of research are the Sociology of Education, Gender and Equality Policies.

Villar assures that another contribution of feminism has been to understand inequality as intersectional. This means that inequality is a product of the intersection of different reasons for inequality. "In this crisis, just as in previous ones," points out Alícia Villar, "the consequences are not the same if you are a woman, if you are poor, if you have problems paying for housing, if you have employment problems, if you work in the underground economy, if you have to take care of raising children, of caring for the elderly...".

The researcher from the Universitat de València explains that, although the symptoms of the virus and the initial effects on health seem very similar in all people, the effects, results and outcomes are crossed by social inequalities and therefore "this crisis is evident in social inequality is the virus and the pandemic that has been generated.

Alícia Villar points out that the current situation demands this type of reflection, as well as the implementation of actions that are not only directed at the health emergency but also at the social policies that are equally urgent in the face of this pandemic, which she foresees "will not be the last one".