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February 17–24, 2023

Vienna, Austria


Audio-Visual Exhibition

Arctic Women’s Voices: Standing Strong in the Face of COVID-19

University of Vienna

Universitätsring 1
1010 Vienna

The central foyer, 2nd floor, next door to the famous "Großer Festsaal."


This exhibition presents women's voices from Alaska and northern Iceland. Among them were small business owners, scientists, healthcare providers, farmers, social workers, educators, government officials. Inspired by their lives and stories of empowerment and resilience, we invited these women to share with us so we can better understand the COVID-19 pandemic's complex gendered impacts on the Arctic communities and think about  lessons that can be learned.


The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the COVID-GEA project, and is a part of the Arctic Science Summit Week-2023.

Exhibition curator:

Marya Rozanova-Smith (The George Washington University).

Poster designers:

Laura Goodfield, Sophie Rosenthal, Polina Saburova, and Marya Rozanova-Smith.

Promo video/audio producer:

Emily Frisan.


First and foremost, we express our sincere appreciation to all exhibition contributors who shared their stories with us. Our deep gratitude goes to Polina Saburova (Indiana University Bloomington) for video editing and guidance on exhibition design and Emily Frisan (GWU) for producing the promo video and audio. Special thanks go to the COVID-GEA project Iceland partners Embla Eir Oddsdóttir and Sveinbjörg Smáradóttir (IACN), Alaska partner Charlene Apok, Andrey Petrov (UNI), and the COVID-GEA team members Riya Bhushan, Laura Goodfield, and Sophie Rosenthal (GWU).

We are very grateful to Gerlis Fugmann (IASC) and all the ASSW-2023 organizers, especially Olga Povoroznuk and Khaled Hakami (University of Vienna), for their valuable support. We also acknowledge funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation and overall support of the Department of Geography (GWU).

February 2, 2022


AAG–2022: The American Association of Geographers’ Annual Meeting–2022

Session Gender Inequality and Empowerment in Global Perspective.


Organizers: Dr. Marya Rozanova-Smith, Prof. Andrey N. Petrov, and Embla Oddsdóttir; Project "Understanding Gender Equality and Empowerment in the Arctic (UGEEA)" (NSF, PLR #2039884)


Chair: Embla Oddsdóttir, Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network.



  • Laura Picot, Ghanaian farmers' gendered and intersectional vulnerabilities to COVID-19 measures.


  • Marya Rozanova-Smith and Andrey Petrov, Arctic Women and COVID-19 Pandemic: Towards Measuring COVID-19 Gendered Impacts in the Arctic.


  • Cheryl-lee Madden, GeoLive Crowdsourced Mapping of Unchartered COVID-19 Evictions: Are Women Disproportionately Affected by Job Loss?


  • Julia Schinnenburg, Making Care Work Less of a Burden Through Accessible Care Infrastructure - A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Women's Employment Limitations in Denver.


  • Margiana Petersen-Rockney, Power in Powerlessness: Gender, Race, Climate Change, and Who Has the Power to Adapt.


  • Maria Elisa Christie, Process, Impacts, and Reflections of Gender Research and Collaboration in an International Agricultural Project in Vietnam.


AAG Sponsor Groups: 

  • Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group

  • Feminist Geographies Specialty Group

  • Polar Geography Specialty Group.


December 4, 2021: 

St. Petersburg, Russia


XI International Forum Arctic: Today and in the Future 


Presentation: The Changing Role of Women in the Arctic.

Speaker: Dr. Marya Rozanova-Smith.


October 14, 2021

Reykjavik, Iceland


Arctic Circle Forum

Presentation: Gender Empowerment and Governance in the Arctic.

Speakers: Prof. Andrey N. Petrov and Dr. Marya Rozanova-Smith. 


October 14, 2021

Reykjavik, Iceland


Arctic Circle Forum

Session: New Arctic Generation: Urban Youth and Sustainable Development in the Arctic





  •  Sen. Elena Shumilova, The Russian Federation Senate, Russia

  • Ásthildur Sturludóttir, Mayor, City of Akureyri, Iceland

  • Mirja Vehkaperä,  Political Mayor of Oulu, Chair of the City Board, Finland.


Indigenous young leaders: 

  • Stacey Lucason, Alaskans for Better Elections 

  • Natalia Vaskova, Chair, Sami Nurash Russian Sami Youth organization.



  • Prof. Andrey Petrov, President, IASSA; Director, ARCTICenter (UNI)   

  • Dr. Marya Rozanova-Smith, Research Professor, The George Washington University.

Organized by: ARCTICenter (UNI); International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA); Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU); Arctic-COAST project; Understanding Gender Equality and

Empowerment in the Arctic (UGEEA) ; PIRE project “Promoting Urban Sustainability in the Arctic.”


October 13, 2021

St. Petersburg, Russia


Eurasian Women’s Forum 

Presentation: Women Empowerment in the Arctic.

Speaker: Dr. Marya Rozanova-Smith.


June 17, 2021

Arkhangelsk, Russia


ICASS X: International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences


Presentation: Gender Equality and Political Empowerment in the Arctic.

Speaker: Dr. Marya Rozanova-Smith.


June 16, 2021: 


Arkhangelsk, Russia

ICASS X: International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences

Session: Gender Equality in the Arctic III Report: Empowerment.

Co-organizer and moderator: Dr. Marya Rozanova-Smith.


May 14, 2021

Washington, D.C.


Report Launch Gender Equality in the Arctic.


Speakers: Prof. Andrey N. Petrov and Dr. Marya Rozanova-Smith. 

Organizer: Polar Institute, the Woodrow Wilson Center.


April 8, 2021


University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines- Paris Saclay (Paris, France)


Guest lecture on Gender Equality and Empowerment in the Arctic: National Legal and Political Frameworks and Institutional Mechanisms. 


Speaker: Dr. Marya Rozanova-Smith.

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December 1, 2020


Arctic Futures Symposium–2020


Panel: Community Resilience through Empowerment.

Speakers: Prof. Andrey N. Petrov and Dr. Marya Rozanova-Smith. 


Organizer: International Polar Foundation. 

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November 18, 2020


Arctic Resilience Forum: Gender. 


Organizer: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


Speakers: Prof. Andrey N. Petrov and Dr. Marya Rozanova-Smith.


October 1, 2020


Special Session on Gender Empowerment.


A part of the Gender Equality in the Arctic (GEA III) project presentation of the Pan-Arctic Report on Gender Equality in the Arctic. 


Speakers: Prof. Andrey N. Petrov, Dr. Marya Rozanova-Smith, and Varvara Korkina Williams.


Organized by the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN) in Akureyri, Iceland.

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