I am excited to have received a World Universities Network (WUN) Research Development Fund (RDF) funding for the project: Women and Girls Experiences of Gender-based discrimination, abuse and violence across migratory stages. This project brings together an excellent team of international researchers from: University of Bristol; University of Cape Town; University of Massachusetts Amherst; National Cheng Kung University; The University of Western Australia, Vrie University in Amsterdam, and the African Migration and Development Policy Centre.
This project brings 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 under represented 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.We will first create a network of experts working on this issue. Second, we will work through the funding year on three specific outputs:
1) A methodological guidance note on conducting research with vulnerable female migrants – this will aim to be produced in cooperation with a UN partner to reach a wider audience
2) A set of comparable case studies on the different experiences, challenges, and research gaps in gendered migration in Australia, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, South/ Central America and Taiwan
3) A data brief (preferred partner is IOM GMDAC) on data gaps relating to female migrants, their migration experiences, and their vulnerabilities.