Jan 24, 2021

Gendering Migration: Women and Girls Experiences of Gender-based discrimination, abuse and violence across migratory stages


Women account for slightly less than half of international migrants; however, they are disproportionately affected by gender-based discrimination, abuse and violence, whilst being invisible in their experiences.

The aim of this project is to bring together an interdisciplinary global platform to advance research and approaches to women’s migration flows, patterns, experiences, agency and vulnerabilities. It is been highlighted by several actors including the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants (2019) that the experiences of women and girls, and in particular the human rights abuses they face in migration are underrepresented and researched. This project will bring forth recent research findings regarding experiences of women and girls in their migration, and how women and girls exercise agency and respond to these human rights abuses, thereby moving beyond a victimization approach.

The network includes scholars from multiple disciplines (migration, psychology, sociology) that seek to work collaboratively with UN organizations and NGOs to improve data collection on women’s migration and the representation of vulnerable women in migration research. This team will build on existing research in Taiwan with female marriage migrants, in Ethiopia with internal migrant adolescent girlsin South Africa with women labour migrants, in Australia with resettled refugees, in Mexico/Central America with migrants en route to the United States, and in Europe with female asylum seekers and irregular migrants. All of these flows address underrepresented and researched female migration experiences and patterns.

Key objectives of this project include:

1) A methodological guidance note on conducting research with vulnerable female migrants

2) A set of comparable case studies on the different experiences, challenges, and research gaps in female migration in Australia, Europe, South Africa and Taiwan

3) A data brief on data gaps relating to women migrants and their vulnerabilities

Who's involved

Profressor Floretta Boonzaier, University of Cape Town

Professor Su-Lin Yu, National Cheng Kung Yung University

Dr. Farida Fozdar, University of Western Australia

Dr. Ann Singleton, University of Bristol

Professor Elizabeth Brabec, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Marina de Regt, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Dr. Linda Oucho,  African Migration and Development Policy Centre