Women and Children in Migration and Forced Migration
As of mid 2020, more than 80 million people worldwide had been forced to migrate. By the end of 2019, it was estimated that children made up between 38-43% of the world’s displaced population. As in all aspects of life, gender disparities and age differences create additional challenges. For this reason, we chose to create this spotlight series which is divided into two sections; the first part will focus on the challenges that women face in migration and the second part will look into the implications of being a child refugee.
The series was launched on International Women’s Day in 2021, showcasing female activists and their role models. Watch the video below to learn more about the incredible work of Waad Al-Kateab, Marjane Satrapi and Celine Semaan. The topic of gender disparities within migration will also be explored through blog posts written by academics, professionals who work in the field of migration and many more experts. These posts will be published on this spotlight series page on a weekly basis. In time a webinar will be organised with two key speakers who will delve into the lives of women in a refugee camp.
The second half of the series will look at the ramifications of being a child refugee through blog posts and a potential webinar.
Ultimately, the goal of this spotlight series on “Women and Children in Migration and Forced Migration” is to raise awareness of the difficulties that these marginalised groups face in migration and amplify the voices of refugee women and children. The educational content provided through the form of videos, blog posts and webinars aims to shed light on specific aspects of migration in order for people to have a more holistic understanding of migration and forced migration.
The collection of the articles and the production of the video was coordinated by our Women and Children Coordinator Sarah Surget.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2021
We asked Mathilda, Jess and Gigi who their role models were and why.
Mathilda, from @conversationsfromcalais, explains why Celine Semaan (@celinesceline) is her inspiration. You can find out more about her work at https://slowfactory.foundation
Jess, from @forcetoflee, delves into the world of her hero Marjane Satrapi (@marjane_satrapi). Her book is available at Penguin Random House amongst other places.
Gigi, from @humanrightsmigrantrights, tells us about her role model Waad Al-Kateab (@wadalkateab) and her movie For Sama. Join her campaign on www.actionforsama.com
Let us celebrate and amplify the voices of these incredible women every day of the year.
NO REFUGE? FLEEING TO THE USA AS A SURVIVOR OF DOMESTIC ABUSE
Can victims of domestic abuse be refugees under the 1951 Geneva Convention? Joe Biden has promised to end Trump’s detrimental asylum policies, including those which aimed at preventing survivors of domestic violence from receiving asylum in the USA.
Rose Bewick is currently studying for a masters in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration at the University of London. She is also training to become an immigration adviser, and has previously worked on the Syrian Resettlement Programme.
REFUGEE MENTAL HEALTH IN THE UNITED STATES:
AN INTERSECTIONAL APPROACH
The article explores how an intersectional approach can help shed light on why female refugees are facing a disproportionate mental health burden. The principal that is being followed is that the dimensions of race and gender are not separate and thus more thought has to be given to looking at how the two interact with each other, especially in the cases of female refugees.
Allison Miyashiro is a student at the University of California, Berkeley who is studying to receive her Master’s in Public Health and Master’s in Social Welfare. Prior to graduate school, she worked as an intensive case manager at the International Rescue Committee in Sacramento, CA. She is interested in pursuing a career that improves access to mental health services for refugees.
TESTIMONIES OF CENTRAL AMERICAN MIGRANT WOMEN: A WINDOW INTO LIVED REALITIES FOR
MOTHERS ON THE MOVE
The article explores “ser mujer, ser migrante”, a series of in-depth interviews that Roslynn carried out with mothers from the Central American region (mainly the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador), whom she met and spent time with whilst volunteering at migrant shelters in Mexico. Roslynn highlights the overlapping dimensions of discrimination women encountered in their native countries, and as migrants, refugees, and/or asylum seekers in transit through Mexico and during detention in the USA.
Roslynn Beighton is a graduate in Human Geography and has a master’s in Understanding and Securing Human Rights (Latin American Pathway) from the School of Advanced Study. She spent a year in Mexico from 2018-2019, volunteering with El Pozo de Vida visiting women and children at a detention centre in Mexico City before travelling independently to the US border and working at several migrant shelters. Roslynn is interested in promoting social justice for women and indigenous peoples in Latin America. She is a volunteer for Peace Brigades International Honduras.
THE ROLE OF GENDER AMONGST
PALESTINIAN REFUGEES IN LEBANON
The notion of Palestinian refugees stems from the first Arab-Israel war of 1948. With Israel occupying more and more Palestinian land, refugee numbers are on the rise. This article focuses exclusively on the status of Palestinian Women Refugees and the three-dimensional discrimination that they face in Lebanon. The article explores how their Palestinian status, their refugee status and their gender combined impacts their educational attainment and their economic participation, or as we will call it, the sex-education-work paradox.
Sarah Surget is a humanitarian activist specialised in Mental health. She is currently completing a field mission in Lebanon. In Beirut, she supported people affected by the August 4th explosion by opening a medical and psychological clinic. Now, she is based on the Syrian border in Akkar where she is working with Syrian refugees, mainly teaching french and creating and psychological support system around trauma.