School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Women and humanitarian aid – a historisizing perspective

13-15 October 2021, Örebro University


In response to the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic the conference organizers have decided that it will be necessary postpone the Women and humanitarian aid-conference to 13-15 October 2021. 

In recent years, influential international actors have been stressing the importance of the gender dimension in humanitarian aid. In order to reach a deeper understanding of humanitarian aid and deal with contemporary human crisis, there is a pronounced need to consider empirical knowledge produced from a historical point of view. In research on Swedish humanitarian efforts carried out inside as well as outside of Sweden during the 20th and early 21st century, women are very significant actors. Striving to put women’s role in humanitarian aid in focus, we arrange the symposium "Women and humanitarian aid – a historicizing perspective" at School of Humanities, Education and Social Science, Örebro University in May 2020. Overall questions structuring the three day symposium are: What is the contribution of gender and rights-based perspective to humanitarianism?, In what way were Swedish humanitarian narratives and practices characterized by gender- and rights-based perspectives over time?, and How can the Swedish examples be placed in an international perspective? The aim is to bring together researchers interested in Swedish humanitarian work and to establish an interdisciplinary network where humanitarianism in relation to gender and human rights can be discussed and problematised.