Responding to outbreaks through co-creative sustainable inclusive equality strategies (Resistiré)

Project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme
Grant Agreement: 101015990
Duration: 24 months
Start date: 1/04/2021
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The Covid-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, but also a humanitarian, economic and social crisis that is affecting everyone, but especially certain vulnerable groups. In particular, women have been hit harder than men. Some have lost their jobs, others have been victims of violence, financial difficulties or physical and mental illness.

RESISTIRÉ (Responding to outbreaks through co-creative inclusive equality strategies and collaboration) is an EU-funded project investigating how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected ‘equality’ in 31 European countries (the 27 EU countries plus Iceland, the UK, Serbia and Turkey). 

The aims of RESISTIRÉ are: 1) to understand the impact of COVID-19 policy responses on behavioural, social and economic inequalities in the 31 countries considered, based on a gender+ conceptual framework; 2) to design, conceive and pilot policy solutions and social innovations that can be implemented by policy makers, stakeholders and actors in different policy domains.

RESISTIRÉ is designed to achieve its results over the next two years through multidisciplinary research, cross-sectoral co-creation, solutions development and a comprehensive communication strategy. It proposes a cyclical approach (3 cycles), whereby the analysis process is repeated every 6 months, in order to produce new operational results and to integrate the findings made in the previous one.

Each cycle involves:
– A broad mapping of policy and social responses to COVID-19, the analysis of existing surveys and research, the conduct of workshops with civil society and interviews with public authorities, the collection of individual narratives of precarious and vulnerable individuals.
– The development of appropriate responses and operational recommendations for policy makers, stakeholders and different actors operating in the field.
– Launching pilot actions to test the potential impact of proposed solutions.
– The dissemination of knowledge, the development of policy recommendations and stakeholder empowerment actions to exploit the project results.

The RESISTIRE project, coordinated by the European Science Foundation, is carried out by a multidisciplinary consortium of ten European partners in the field of research, innovation and design, with an established network of stakeholders in the health sector. 


Concluding its first research cycle, the RESISTIRÉ project is delivering a set of 8 factsheets to support policymakers, advisers, employers, and civil society organisations in understanding the social, economic, political, and environmental effects of Covid-19 policy responses on gender equality, and to suggest practical recommendations to mitigate these effects. These recommendations can also serve to safeguard against the societal impacts of future crises. Read more about the 8 Factsheets on the website ...
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During the first cycle Open Studios sessions, researchers and civil society stakeholders have assessed a set of pilot project concepts as potentially effective to reduce gender+ inequalities due to the Covid pandemic in specific domains. At the end of the process, three concepts were identified. The following are the three connected open calls launched under the first cycle: EMPLOYERS WHO CARE RESISTIRÉ will support projects contributing to the positive transformation of the homecare sector and the working conditions of domestic workers by mobilising “committed” employers as key actors of change and allies of domestic workers. GREEN SPACES AS AN ECOSYSTEM ...
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Developing sustainable solutions to mitigate gender inequalities caused by COVID-19 policy responses would not be possible without the involvement of stakeholders from politics, civil society, and the non-profit sector. Listening to their stories and involving them in the design process is crucial to ensure that the solutions we propose are relevant, feasible and replicable in different national contexts. The RESISTIRÉ project was conceived specifically with this participatory approach in mind. The three cycles of co-creation that make up the project begin with in-depth research in 31 European countries, lead to collaborative elaboration of solutions in Open Studios and culminate in ...
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The RESISTIRÉ team, supported by its network of national researchers in 30 European countries, concluded its research activities in the first cycle between July and August. In particular, the following operations were carried out: - The mapping of policy and societal responses to COVID-19 in Europe (containing about 600 grids covering policy and social responses) - Mapping of Rapid Assessment Surveys (RAS) available in Europe (containing a summary of nearly 300 RAS) - 8 workshops with civil society representatives - 23 interviews with public authorities - The collection of 189 individual narratives of people belonging to intersectional vulnerable groups. On ...
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To what extent have COVID-19 policies impacted gendered inequalities in Europe? How have women, vulnerable groups, and society in general responded to these inequalities? The first phase of the RESISTIRÉ project cycle aims to provide answers to these questions. The team is currently implementing the research activities planned under the first cycle, organised into three main activities running in parallel and feeding results into the next project step. The three main activities are: 1) Mapping national policies to counter COVID-19 The objective of RESISTIRÉ is to understand where and how the policy responses have hurt women and other vulnerable groups, ...
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On 7 and 8 April 2021, the RESISTIRÉ (Reducing gendered inequalities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic) project held an online Kick-off meeting organised by ESF. Project partners from France, Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Italy, UK, Turkey, Czech Republic, and Ireland met for the first time and discussed their contributions and how they will work together. Jeanne Lenders, Project Manager at the EC's Research Executive Agency, gave a presentation to provide a summary of the Commission's approach to the various COVID projects that were recently funded, their expectations, and recent developments on these issues. Following this, a summary of RESISTIRÉ was presented ...
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