CIESAL researcher’s interesting thesis on the role of women during the pandemic is approved.


Cynthia Carrasco, CIESAL member, lecturer and head of the Obstetrics and childcare course at the Universidad de Valparaíso’s San Felipe Campus, had her Master’s thesis in Women’s Health at the Universidad Mayor de Santiago successfully approved.

The thesis comprises a qualitative investigation approached from the epistemological perspective of the ethics of care, and focuses on the deepening of gender stereotypes and their influence on the division of care tasks in the home during the health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nine professional women participated, all of whom both resided and worked in the Valparaíso Region. The results show that the division of domestic and caregiving tasks is based on gender stereotypes, with women assuming the greatest burden, leaving few spaces for leisure and/or self-care. As a result, there are few spaces for reflection and the classic woman/man stereotype is repeated. According to Carrasco “the gender division of household tasks is articulated and sustained by the patriarchal system, which has historically regulated relations between men and women.”

The research employed information construction techniques (autobiographical narrative and Photovoice), and the content was analysed using an Atlas ti ® software structured coding matrix.

Cynthia Carrasco qualified as a midwife from the Universidad de Valparaíso and has been a teacher on the Obstetrics and Childcare course at the UV San Felipe Campus for the last eight years. She is also currently a member of the Permanent Curricular Committee and is departmental head in Health Education and Interculturality, Sexual Health, and Gynecological and Reproductive Health Internship.