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.

Dr. Carmen Geha, is an activist, scholar, and consultant with more than 15 years’ experience working for international organizations across the MENA region with expertise in governance and institutional reform. She is currently a senior member at the Inter-disciplinary Research Group on Migration at Pompeu Fabra University in Spain, and has been awarded the prestigious Maria Zambrano fellowship by the Catalan government. She was also a tenured associate professor at American University in Beirut and co-founding member of the Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership for Women at the Olayan School of Business. She has been the recipient of multiple research grants from international organizations such as the European Union, U.S. Department of State, and Norwegian Research Council. She is the author of a book on civil society and political reform in Lebanon and Libya and has published multiple peer-reviewed articles on a broad range of topics in the MENA region. She has been recipient of the Fulbright visiting scholar award at Harvard University and the Mellon grant fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study.

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.

Read Carmen Geha’s MedDialogues +2030 article.



Cristina Mas

Journalist Diari ARA

Carmen Geha

Senior Researcher at the Inter-disciplinary Research Group on Migration Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Closing Remarks

Senén Forensa

Executive President IEMed
Closing Remarks

Jaume Lanaspa

President of the Barcelona Office Club of Rome

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