International Conference on Gender and Bioethics

The conference will be an opportunity to show in a more explicit way the link between gender and bioethics, enhancing the intrinsic relationship between both domains and raising awareness of the importance of the gender perspective in scientific and social development. Due to its high profile and association with UNESCO, it will serve as a starting point for further debate in the region on the promotion of bioethical principles aiming to achieve gender equality. The UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, Mrs Pilar Álvarez-Laso will launch the Conference along with the local authorities.

The gender perspective of bioethics is essential to address and understand all sensitive bioethical issues from a different angle because gender perspective is a different way to analyze power relationships and social organization. Gender perspective are lenses that enable us to understand social structure based on the differences in access to basic needs and human development based on the social value being associated with being a man or a woman.

It also allows placing issues on the agenda that are generally rejected since they are not mainstreamed by more “male” oriented thinking. Some examples of these issues could be violence (domestic, economical, psychological, during conflict and post conflict situation, etc); feminist conceptions of morality; access to health care; education and jobs; the impact of the migration and climate change on women; “feminization of poverty”; reproductive health; inclusion and exclusion of woman (in general, pregnant in particular); research and in benefit sharing; reproductive technologies; ova donation; among many others.

In particular, within the context of this conference, a relevant question is: How do aspects of social identity, like gender, ethnicity and social status, influence the way people see the world – and what does it mean for their relations with science and technology?

The Introductory session will be devoted to UNESCO activities on gender and bioethics. Other topics to be discussed during the following sessions are new trends in feminist bioethics; main ethical issues and challenges in education, public health (violence and gender, reproductive health); in research (new technologies, benefit sharing, women in research); in migration, climate change and poverty; and gender issues in the region.

Among the speakers will be feminist bioethicists, from a wide range of disciplines and expertise, such as Mrs Wendy Rogers, Mrs Lisa Eckenwiler, Mrs Jyotsna Gupta, Mrs Deborah Diniz, Mrs Fatima Alvarez-Castillo, Mr Yandisa Sikweyiya; and UNESCO bioethics Chair holders and representatives, such as Mr Vasil Gluchman and Mrs Itziar Lecuona, as well as local and regional experts, such as Mrs Marina Guryleva, Mr Konstantin Gurevich, Mrs Farida Nezhmetdinova, etc.

The Conference aims to raise awareness amongst the general public in the region, on bioethical issues as they relate to gender; to raise the issue of social responsibility of scientists as well as citizens; and to explore possibilities of further collaboration between UNESCO and the University of Kazan, the Kazan government, local and regional institutions.


Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 21.11.2011 08:00 local time
End 22.11.2011 16:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Feinholz, Dafna
Organizer UNESCO
Country Russian Federation
City Kazan
Venue Kazan State Medical University
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, Russian
Estimated number of participants
Official Website UNESCO Programme on Bioethics
Link 1 Leaflet [PDF, 87 KB]
Link 2 Programme [PDF, 85 KB]
Link 3 Gender Perspective in Bioethics
Link 4 Gender Equality in UNESCO