COVID-19 posed an uneven impact on people with care-related duties – particularly women. While in many cases, pre-existing inequalities were exacerbated, in academia and research the gender dynamic faced new challenges that were enhanced by the pandemic. The project Scientific and Academic Gender (in)equality during COVID-19 (SAGE19) and its handbook, emerge in response to the gender inequalities caused by COVID-19 in Portugal, namely in the academic context.
Researchers Sofia Miguel and Filipa Marques highlight the importance of this Guidance Notes handbook that aim to mitigate the potential effects of pandemic or health crisis in the future: "When we were invited to collaborate with this team and in this project, we did not hesitate! The impact this pandemic had on everyone's daily lives was exacerbated in a way that no one could have predicted and with some extra challenges. With this manual, we aimed to develop guidelines for evaluation and monitoring to help Higher Education Institutions and Research Performing Organisations to assess and mitigate the effects of this type of situation in the future."
NOVA’s researchers, who are also involved in the European project SPEAR, contributed for this handbook, in a close collaboration with the team led by Thais França, researcher from ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, who coordinated the project.