Women Migrants and Refugees in the Mediterranean: Addressing Needs, Securing Rights

14 December 2022. From 18:00  To 19:30 | Conference | English | CaixaForum Macaya, Barcelona
slideshow image Women carry blankets in a temporary camp for refugees and migrants on the island of Lesbos, Greece, October 13, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou

During the journey to better lives, women migrants are disproportionately exposed to diverse security threats, economic and social hardships that are often gender-specific. Moreover, their specific needs and realities are often overlooked by migration and labour policies. This dialogue analyses the specificities of the migrant women’s journey in Mediterranean countries with the aim to debate possible solutions and policies to ensure their security, the protection of their human rights, and above all, their empowerment.

Ahlam Chemlali is a researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) focusing on migration and border management, gender and violence, sexual and gender-based violence, slow violence, life in transit, migrants’ everyday lives, deportations and European migration politics. Chemlali’s geographic focus is on North Africa, specifically Libya, Tunisia and Morocco and Europe’s Southern borders. Ahlam is a part of the project ‘Women on the Move’ which is concerned with the gendered aspects of irregular migration to Europe, with a focus on women migrants in transit, and waiting in transit camps, along the African-European migration route, in Nigeria, Niger, Libya and Italy.

The session is introduced by Cristina Mas, journalist at the newspaper ARA specialised in the Mediterranean region. Co-organised by the IEMed and the Club of Rome in collaboration with La Caixa Foundation as part of the Med Dialogues +2030 conference series.

The dialogue takes place at the Sala d’Actes of the CaixaForum Macaya, Pg. de Sant Joan, 108, Barcelona. Free entrance with prior registration.



Cristina Mas

Journalist Diari ARA

Ahlam Chemlali

PhD Fellow, Unit of Migration and Global Order Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Leire Pajín*

President of the Spanish Network for Sustainable Development REDES

Senén Forensa

Executive President IEMed

Jaume Lanaspa

President of the Barcelona Office Club of Rome

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