The protests and upheavals that erupted in the Arab world since 2010 were the starting point in 2019 to look at issues of gender in political and social crises. Since the beginning of 2020, gender imbalances are criss-crossing the global coronavirus crisis, imbalances that turn against wo*men and their role in contemporary societies. This goes for Europe as well as the Middle East and North and South America.
The articles in the 14th issue of the journal Middle East – Topics & Arguments (META) deal with how gender and gender relations are affected in times of crisis and upheaval. They bring to the fore a series of patterns that seem to occur in such times, namely: the strengthening of and the return to a conservative and highly essentialist understanding of family, accompanied by stable delineations of masculinity and femininity; the negotiation of uncertainty about the female body; and the high relevance of intersectional expulsions.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.