CFP: Conference on Gender and Climate Change

Call For Abstracts: Gender and Climate Change – Prato, Tuscany September
Gender and Climate Change is an international conference that will seek to
bring together the latest research in key areas of gender and climate
change, to highlight impacts of climate change on women, and to draw
together a body of knowledge for input into the 2011 United Nations
Framework Convention (COP 17) and the Earth Summit 2012.
The Conference Organisers – Gender Leadership and Social Sustainability
(GLASS) Research Unit at Monash University, Australia, in collaboration
with Worldwide Universities Network, Gender Justice and Global Climate
Change (G2C2) – aim to bring together researchers, advocates, and policy
makers, to form a coherent picture of the differential impacts of climate
change and to convey that knowledge in formats that assist in policy
development. The 2011 conference will highlight links to global poverty,
sustainability, policy, and change.
The complex couplings between human and natural systems that must be
understood to respond to climate change, demands a robustly multi- and
interdisciplinary approach to research. Furthermore, attention to the
differential gendered impacts and opportunities of climate change requires
a deeply intersectional approach in which the relevance of factors such as
class and race are considered alongside gender. For this reason, the theme
of this conference, recognizes the importance of engaging experts from
multiple disciplines and engaging local and indigenous knowledges to
address critical gender and climate change issues.
Strong partnerships among researchers, policy-makers, and community
stakeholders are essential for identifying and implementing promising,
sustainable solutions that are relevant to the people who are most
Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. We invite submission of abstracts
from 1st September 2010. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30
November 2010. Notification of acceptance of the abstract will be 28th
February 2011. Please submit online at
The official language of the conference is English. All abstracts should
be submitted and presentations delivered in English.
Abstracts should include the following:
Author/s details
Postal Address
Abstract Authors
Title of Paper

Fathers happier when they do more domestic work

From The Guardian:

It will be music to the ears of working mothers everywhere: fathers are happier when they do more of the housework themselves, spend longer with their children and have working partners who are in the office just as long as they are, a major new study has found.

The best way to de-stress a father is for his partner to share the weight of domestic burdens with him, rather than ironing his socks, making his breakfast and taking the lion’s share of responsibility for the kids.

Researchers hope the interim findings from the study, called Work Life Balance: Working for Fathers?, will prompt employers to re-evaluate myths about work – so that women cease to have their careers blocked by bosses who assume they will be primary carers of children, and men are given more opportunity to change their work-life balance.

There’s also this fascinating tidbit, which does fit with what I’ve seen in student discussions:

The team also found evidence that social attitudes towards childcare are in a period of profound change: fewer fathers than mothers, for example, believe that it is a mother’s job to look after children.

Feminism is good for everybody, as so many have said so often.

Thanks, Mr Jender!

Change to Spanish Naming Practices

In Spain, women do not change their surnames upon marriage, and children get the surnames of both parents. Parents have always been allowed to choose the order of the surnames, but the default has been to put the father’s name first. (And in cases of dispute, the father’s name always goes first.) A new law will alter this, making the default order the alphabetical one.

Critics said it would endanger surnames whose first letters are at the end of the alphabet. These will gradually be relegated to second place on the surname list and not be passed down to grandchildren

For more, go here. (Thanks, Mr Jender and Jender-Parents!)