Women, Gender Roles and Humanitarian Aid in the Greater War

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Description

The theme of the two-day conference Women, Gender Roles and Humanitarian Aid in the Greater War is female-centred humanitarian aid in Europe during and after the First World War. In the era of World War One, when Europe was also a recipient of help, numerous international aid organisations such as the Commission for Relief in Belgium, the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Save the Children tried to combat hunger, illness and trauma through the
education and participation of European girls, women and mothers. The international, national and local civilian aid programs were often carried out by women. Female volunteers (society ladies and nobility members) laboured alongside professionals (home economists, nutritionists, nurses, physicians, social workers and librarians). These relief workers struggled with some of the same challenges humanitarian workers face today: how to reach crisis-affected civilians and particularly women in the private sphere of the home?
How, when and where are traditional gender roles maintained, reinforced or in contrast disrupted by helping women and employing female humanitarian workers? How to push forward, fundraise for and carry out female oriented humanitarian projects in male dominated organisations and societies? The two-day conference Women, Gender Roles and Humanitarian Aid in the Greater War will examine these and other questions by looking at the specific humanitarian programs for women and girls in Europe during and after the First World War.
AcronymCONO712
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date28/05/2027/05/21

Keywords

  • World War
  • Brussels

Flemish discipline codes

  • European history