Deploying a Gender Lens: Snapshots from Current Research

18 Feb 2021

This seminar showcased the work of two ISS21 Genders, Sexualities and Families Research Cluster members, Charlotte Waltz, PhD candidate and Dr Robert Bolton, ISS21 Post-Doctoral Researcher on the Horizon 2020 PositivMasc Project. Drawing on their respective projects, both researchers highlighted the significance of applying a gender lens in research.

Presentations (please click on titles to access recordings):

'"They're, you know, their audience": How violence against women is organised by men's relations with other men', Dr Robert Bolton

Drawing on the concept of homosociality, this presentation explores how certain forms of violence against women can be constituted as public performances enacted by men for the approval of other men. While attitudes are an important component in moderating perpetration of violence against women, interviews with 27 young people (aged 18-24) for the PositivMasc research project show that peer group expectations are also key in understanding violence against women.

'Ireland After the Eight Amendment: A Critical Exploration of Provision and Access to Abortion in Cork, based on Client and Service Provider Perspectives'Charlotte Waltz

This presentation reports on research on women's experience of, and access to, abortion in Ireland. It critically examines how abortion legislation in Ireland works in practice and to what extent abortion governance has moved towards reproductive justice.

The seminar was hosted by the ISS21 Genders, Sexualities and Families Research Cluster. 

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Dr Maire Leane (, Dr. Fiachra O'Suilleabhain (, co-convenors of the Genders, Sexualities and Families Research Cluster. 

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