Webinar: “Gender-Based Violence and Resistance of Migrant Women in Europe” / “Mujeres migrantes en Europa resistiendo la violencia de género”

Jan 26, 2023 5PM CET / 4PM GMT 

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2kP5ZbchTTmCzEaV39LASg

WIDE+ and Latin American Bureau (LAB) will host an online discussion about gender-based violence (GBV) against migrant women in Europe, reflecting on the ways migrant women resist this violence and the European legal and policy frameworks around GBV.

While data is not easily available, existing research shows that migrant women are disproportionately affected by GBV. In this webinar we will ask why there is such an excessive representation of migrant women in the figures of gender-based violence, and why there is less police and judicial protection for migrant women.

Objectives of the dialogue:
• Promote the voices of migrant women tackling GBV and demonstrating their forms of resistance.
• Highlight the intersectionality of gender-based violence.
• Advocate for greater policy solutions for migrant women facing gender-based violence.

WIDE+ y el Latin American Bureau (LAB) presentarán un conversatorio en línea acerca de la violencia de género (GBV, por sus iniciales en inglés) contra mujeres migrantes en Europa, reflexionando sobre las maneras en las que las migrantes resisten este tipo de violencia y sobre los marcos legales y políticos de la violencia de género.

Aunque las estadísticas no son de fácil acceso, la investigación existente muestra que las migrantes se ven desproporcionadamente afectadas por la violencia de género. En este webinar nos preguntaremos por qué hay una excesiva representación de mujeres migrantes en las estadísticas de violencia de género y por qué hay menos protección policial y jurídica para ellas.

Objetivos del diálogo:
• Alzar las voces de las mujeres migrantes que enfrentan violencia de género y que demuestran múltiples formas de resistencia.
• Resaltar la interseccionalidad de la violencia de género.
• Abogar por mayores soluciones legales y políticas para las mujeres que enfrentan violencia de género.

During this online event we will talk about the book: ‘Women Resisting Violence: Voices and Experiences from Latin America’, published by Latin America Bureau and Practical Action in 2022. WIDE+ member Patricia Muñoz Cabrera has written the introduction together with Marilyn Thomson and one of the chapters.

Marilyn Thomson 
An independent gender, diversity and development consultant in the UK and previously worked for international NGOs and as a lecturer and research fellow at City University, London. She was a founding member and co-director of the Central America Women’s Network (1991-2016); and has worked with the Latin American Women’s Rights Service on several project evaluations and as a member of their Advisory Board in London. Marilyn recently coordinated the Women’s Resisting Violence Project for the Latin America Bureau (LAB) and King’s College; and authored a chapter on violence against domestic workers in LAB’s recently published book: Women Resisting Violence.

Silvina Monteros Obelar
A licensed psychologist and social anthropologist, activist for migrant women’s rights and professor of social work at the University of Granada in Spain. She is a member of the Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Network (RED Latinas) and a member of Studies and Cooperation for Development (ESCODE). She is a member of the AFIN research team on family, childhood and new forms of reproduction at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has conducted more than 20 social researches related to migrations, including the migration of unaccompanied children and adolescents, LGBTI migrations or gender violence and migrations.

Jennifer Kamau 
A Berlin-based activist and researcher. She is one of the initiators of International Women Space, a network of (former) women asylum seekers and migrants that promotes solidarity and collaboration, publishes books, and organizes campaigns and conferences on the issues of women asylum seekers and migrants, anti-racism and intersectional feminism. This network grew out of the famous occupation of Oranienplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg a few years ago, as a feminist response to the predominantly male concerns of the insurgent refugees. Jennifer Kamau co-organized the two-day conference When I Came to Germany (2017), which explored the experiences of women who came to West Germany as guest workers, to East Germany as contract workers, and to reunified Germany as migrants and refugees, as well as German women affected by racism. Recent publications include In Our Own Words. Refugee Women in Germany Tell Their Stories (2015).

Elizabeth Jiménez-Yáñez
VAWG Policy and Communications Manager at the Latin American Women’s Rights Service in the UK. She is a women’s rights lawyer and activist with international experience in gender-based violence (GBV) and its intersection with immigration status. Elizabeth has worked in the charity sector in the UK for three years. During this time, she was involved in the development of key policy processes in the field. She gained her extensive academic knowledge of violence against women by conducting research in the field, facilitating partnerships, and communicating with diverse audiences. In addition, her work with women and communities who are often overlooked and excluded from policymaking has given her experience in frontline struggles.

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