Professor James Jackson, formerly of the University of Michigan in the USA. James was director of the Institute for Social Research at Michigan from 2005 to 2015. Like his predecessor, David Featherman, James was a strong supporter of and friend to the CSSR. In 2010, James flew from the USA to Cape Town to participate in the second institutional review of the CSSR. James himself was a pioneer in quantitative research into the lives of black Americans, including on their migration within the USA or from other parts of the world (including the Caribbean) to the USA. For more on James’ remarkable life and career, see this 2014 conversation.
Given what we know about the inequalities in paid and unpaid work both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, Elena Moore, in the article highlights the degree to which one key area of the Covid-19 emergency packages, the eligibility requirements to apply for the Covid-19 grant, fails to integrate gender rights into the redistribution of resources.
Every year on 9 August we celebrate Women’s Day in commemoration of the 1956 Women’s March, when thousands of women marched to Pretoria to protest against apartheid pass laws. Researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are working to better understand the ongoing challenges that women face as well as the ways where the COVID-19 crisis has disproportionately affected women’s lives.