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Migrations, gender equality and empowerment in the EU 
Laia Narciso (University Autonomous of Barcelona (UAB))
Lore Van Praag (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)
Charo Reyes Izquierdo (EMIGRA-UAB)
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Amal Miri (University of Antwerp)
Thursday 18 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel updates current debates on gender and migration. Its aim is to reframe and discuss the meaning of empowerment and inclusion in experiences, policies and practices related to migrant woman and girls.

Long Abstract:

The growing diversity across societies in Europe presents severe societal challenges because of the cumulative effects of multiple forms of discrimination related to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and others. Current public discourses concerning migrants often imply a return to traditional gender ideologies, thus threatening equity/equality policies and the empowerment of women and girls in general (a fundamental goal of the UN agenda for sustainable development). The literature on gender and migration has highlighted, not only the specificities of women in migration, but also how diversity within this group is relevant to integration (Kofman & Raghuram, in Scholten, 2022). However, notions of gender empowerment often rely on liberal or paternalistic approaches to ‘empower’ or ‘save’ female migrants (Cornwall, 2016; Abu-Lughod, 2013), which many policies and practices are built on. These perspectives do not reflect the heterogeneity and agency of migrant women and girls nor the barriers to equality and inclusion they encounter. In this panel we aim to address how this mismatch may reproduce dominant trends in public opinion and permeate the policies and practices of Civil Society Organizations working with migrant women and girls, leaving aside more complex debates such as those around cultural relativism, ethnocentrism or racist stereotypes. We welcome ethnographic works on gender studies, migration, and media/cultural studies. We encourage critical reflections applying intersectional approaches, European comparative works on gender and inclusion policies and the practices of CSO’s, or methodological reflections on the current challenges of doing research on gender and migration.

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Session 1 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -