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The VIW project was presented in a number of events in order to report about the activities carried out and the results achieved.
Description The Final Conference of the project "Voices of Immigrant Women" framed in the Erasmus+ programme (reference number: 2020-1-ES01-KA203-082364), co-funded by the European Union. This project started on 1 October 2020 and will be implemented until 30 September 2022, it is a multiplier event organized by Universidad Pablo de Olavide (coordinating institution) in collaboration with the whole project consortium, namely: Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement European Public Law (France), Organization Universita Degli Studi di Firenze (Italy), Pixel-Associazione (Italy), Culturale Instituto Politecnico de Braganza (Portugal), Fundación EMET Arco Iris (Spain), Mirovni Institut (Slovenia).
A total of 85 people with different profiles participated in the multiplier event held at the Pablo de Olavide University. Of which, 49 participated in person and 36 participated online.
Specifically, 42 people participated as speakers during the work sessions.
Of the total number of people who participated in person, 21 people did not belong to the consortium or the organizing university. It is interesting to note that of all the speakers, only three people participated online. The rest participated in the different exhibition and dialogue tables in person.
In the online mode, of the 36 people who participated, 19 did not belong to the consortium or the organizing university.
The professional profiles have been very diverse:
University faculty and researchers on the subject.
Political leaders of public administrations, both in the university field and in the management of public policies on migration.
Representatives of migrant women's associations and associations that work for the Human Rights of migrants.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students from different universities.
Representatives of the International Organization for Migration in Spain, among other groups.
Members of the project consortium.
Professionals working with people involved in migration processes,
The objectives that we tried to achieve with the final conference were:
a) To present and reflect on the final results of the Erasmus + “Voices of Immigrant Women Project".
b) To promote a meeting place for the third sector, university students, academics, as well as policy makers in the governance of Higher Education (University) training at all levels, as well as in the different administrations.
E2. Femmes battantes contre les frontiers (Women fighters against the borders)
Date: 10-09-2022 Location: Paris, France
Description This conference has gathered 34 participants of different types: university teachers, researchers, social work professionals, activists, social work students, university students, volunteers working with migrants, and young students engaged in a training program in Paris City for youth. Several women who had participated in the case studies phase were also present and were glad to be included in the presentation of the project’s result.
The participants have interdisciplinary and multiple-disciplinary backgrounds: anthropology, sociology, psychology, psychoanalyst, social work, legal assistance, etc.
The 1st part of the conference is to present the result and the intellectual output of Voices of Immigrant Women: case-studies, E-learning package and policy recommendations. Examples and details are given to the audience for a better understanding of the methodology and the national and European dimensions of this program. The comparative perspective of different national contexts attracted strong interest among the participants. The gender perspective is highlighted during the presentation and is very appreciated.
The 2nd part is a round table discussion organized around four presentations of our four guests from different stakeholders with a specific theme in their actions/engagement/research:
- Zita CABAIS-OBRA, activist in the fight against modern slavery and member of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), CCEM (Committee against Modern Slavery), ISTAC (International Survivors Committee on Human Trafficking).
- Olivier DOUVILLE: psychanalyst, professor, specializing in exile and youth
- Angélique BERENGE: responsible for an emergency shelter for women, Aurore association
- Ting CHEN: sociologist, coordinator of Roses of Steel Association (founded by the Chinese women in the prostitution activities)
E3. Final Conference: "Migration from a gender perspective: Female migrants towards social inclusion?
Date: 14-09-2022 Location: Athens, Greece
Description EPLO organized the Final Conference of the project “Voices of Immigrant Women” aimed at presenting the results of the project, including the mapping of cases studies and success stories of integration of migrant women across the EU, the development of an E-learning program on “Human mobility, Integration and Gender” as well as the development of a set of practical policy recommendations for policy makers.
The conference was attended by 36 participants including students, university teachers, associated partners as well as other relevant stakeholders from civil society organizations.
The conference programme was split into 3 different panels, including presentations of the project results, as well as current research on the gender perspective of migration from University students. Associated partners also presented practical case studies and good examples of integration of female migrants into the host societies.
The conference was successfully concluded as recommendations were found very useful both from the higher education community as well as students, and NGOs.
E4. Being a Migrant Woman: from Challenges to Skills / Essere donna migrante: dalle sfide alle competenze
Date: 09-09-2022 Location: Florence, Italy
Description The event will be held at the University of Florence, FORLILPSI Department, under the form of a seminar offered to experts, university students, policy makers, and else stakeholders. The idea is to involve the Unifi VIW Research Team and experts working on the phenomenon of transnational human mobility and gender into a discussion on migrant women’s inclusion processes starting from the results, challenges and issues emerged from the VIW European Project, “Voices of Immigrant Women”.
During the Event, members of the UNIFI VIW Research Team gathered the presentations, made photos, and collected signatures and personal data from participants for the Event documentation. Most importantly: pre-existing contacts and networks were consolidated, and new ones created. In conclusion: it was a very enriching 4-hour long “moment” for the whole VIW Project, for the UNIFI VIW Research Team, and for local communities and institutions.
E5. Seminar: Women and Migration - Voices of Change for an Inclusive Migration
Date: 06-06-2022 Location: High Education School, Bragança, Portugal
Description The increase in migration flows has made migration a challenging phenomenon on a global scale, requiring cooperation involving concrete actions at all levels of policy-making and civil society. The IPB is a partner of the international project Voices of Immigrant Women that analyses the migratory movement under the lens of gender with the aim of contributing to a more inclusive higher education, bringing a holistic approach to the whole process. Women represent around 50% of migrants, which makes it crucial to analyse their problems by designing and implementing inclusive policies at the social, economic and political level. Building a more inclusive higher education implies providing it with reflective tools on the mechanisms of discrimination, inequality, stereotypes, segregation, racism and various forms of violence that particularly affect women.
The Seminar "Women and Migration - voices of change for inclusive migration" has the following objectives:
- Disseminate the results of the Voices of Immigrant Women project based on its case mapping products, E-Learning package and recommendations manual to actors acting at the various levels of decision-making;
- To report on real situations based on the trajectories of immigrant women, which reflect the difficulties, resistances and strategies during the process of integration and inclusion;
- Debate the migratory process of women considering the various dynamics and vulnerabilities based on a vision of gender perspective.
The target audience for this seminar are students, teachers, specialists and technical experts.
It is planned two round tables with two thematic axes. The first with the designation "Voices of change, resistance and success". Four representatives of migrants' associations and civil society compose this round table. The second with the theme "Female migration and gender: dynamics and vulnerabilities". This panel is composed with two experts in the field of migration and gender.
E6. Migrant Integration in Slovenia: Are we an inclusive society? (“Ali smo vključujoča družba?”)
Date: 24-05-2022 Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Description The topic of integration of migrant women in Slovenia and the project Voices of Immigrant Women has been publically presented in May 2022. We organized a panel discussion, inviting migrant women as speakers. In order to gain as wider public resonance and media interest as possible, the event took place on the same day as public launch of the NIEM project results on integration of beneficiaries of international protection. The topic of migrant integration will in this way be covered widely; intersectionally and in a multifaceted way, the gender dimension and particular experiences of migrating women highlighed (access to healthcare, housing, education, emplopyment, social services, etc.).
The general feedback on the VIW IO were very positive. The very interesting presentations and lively discussions were going on during the whole event. The event was closed by Lana Zdravković, who has been researching the issue of integration in the context of radical equality, and who herself has a migrant experience, having moved from Serbia to Slovenia in 1999. She pointed out that integration should be seen as a project of universal egalitarianism, which is the basis of the European project of enlightenment, which we got with the French Revolution. Thus, it is not a question of whether we follow the conservative view, which fears migrant women as those who will dismantle Christian, white, civilised Europe, or the multicultural view, which sees migrant women from a perspective of tolerance (which is the other side of inequality), but rather we should think of integration as a project of radical equality, since migration is a global consequence of neocolonialism, and migrant women are an integral part of society. Therefore, efforts should be made to expand the boundaries of citizenship, rights and belonging, not to (further) restrict them.
Specific panel emphasiszing the gender dimension (VIW): Voices of women in migrations in Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours
NIEM: National Integration Evaluation Mechanism, for more, see:
II Seminar on Human Rights, Migration and Gender. A transnational look - TO BE ORGANIZED
Date: 01-06-2022 Location: Seville, Spain
Description The participation of about 75 people is expected between the face-to-face and online modalities, since the modality of the Seminar is Hybrid (face-to-face / online).
The participants are mainly:
- Academic experts related to the study of international migration processes and gender.
- Key agents working on migration issues, human rights and with a gender perspective.
- Doctoral students in the field of Social Sciences or any member of the university community who is interested in the topic of the seminar.
FIRST DAY – June 1, 2022
10:00 a.m. Opening of the “II Seminar on Human Rights, Migration and Gender. A transnational look”.
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Inaugural conference
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Break.
12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. Conference
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Communications Desk. New projects on migration and gender.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break.
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Round table with invited papers.
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Communications Desk. New projects on migration and gender.
SECOND DAY – June 2, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Round table with invited papers.
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break.
11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Round table with invited papers.
12:45 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Closing conference.
2:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Closing session.
In this meeting, an analysis of the current situation of migration will be carried out, as well as the approach to Human Rights throughout the process. For this, the gender perspective will be presented in a transversal way, favoring a space for debate that serves to improve and contribute to the matter.
Presentation of the Interactive Map of Case Studies (IO1)
Date: 16-02-2022 Location: Seville, Spain
Description A presentation of the first product of the Voices of Immigrant Women project was made to the different target group.
A total of 45 people participated in the meeting, some in person and others online. They are mainly students, researcher, Migrant women, representative of public and private entities.
At the meeting, the mapping of case studies was shown and the methodology developed to achieve these results was explained. Likewise, the General Director of Coordination of Migratory Policies participated. (Ministry of the Presidency, Public Administration and Interior of the Junta de Andalucía) who highlighted the importance of this type of tool so that administrations and entities could develop more fruitful action plans adapted to social reality. One of the protagonists of the case studies also participated to give her a voice in the meeting.
The conclusions obtained from the meeting were the great usefulness of the tool for the different target groups. Mapping was encouraged to be used as a teaching tool for training classes, as a tool for the design and implementation of public policies and as a source of interest for social awareness.
For more information consult the news published by the Pablo de Olavide University about the meeting https://www.upo.es/diario/docencia-formacion/2022/02/mapa-historias-de-exito-integracion-mujeres-migrantes/
I Seminar on Human Rights, Migration and Gender. A transnational approach
Date: 22-09-2021 Location: Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Sevilla)
Description The Pablo de Olavide University, within the framework of the “Voices of Immigrant Women” project, held the “I Seminar on Human Rights, Migration and Gender. A transnational approach” on September 21 and 22. The assistance has been in Hybrid mode, allowing face-to-face or online participation. It has been a very enriching meeting in which representatives of the different agents involved in the matter have participated: the third sector, the academy, the public administration and the protagonists themselves, migrant women.
After the Summer of Migration: Right Wing Populism, Media and Affect
Date: 17-09-2021 Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia AND on-line (hybrid)
Description The Peace Institute for Contemporary Social and Polical Studies organized an International Conference ‘After the summer of migration: right-wing populism, media and affect’ that took place in Ljubljana, September 16-17. Has been discussed how populist political leaders use social media as new opportunity structures to incite hatred, and how personalized and substantively emptied political option creates politics of fear and addresses citizen’s emotions with discourse of security, turning fear of economic and social decline into anger against migrants. In the content part the Conference was closely connected to the VIW project.
The focus of the discussion was also in understanding how affective populist discourse is channelled through mass media, how it shapes public opinion about migration, and how it mobilizes political and behavioural preferences.
Description Starting from a mapping of the educational, social and work inclusion experiences of immigrant women in partner countries, the European Project VIW (Voices of Immigrant Women) aims to develop an e-learning Training Program with a transnational and interdisciplinary character. Dedicated to the phenomenon of human mobility in the European context, with special reference to female migration flows and pathways to inclusion from a gender perspective, the VIW Project would like to contribute to the construction of a (more) inclusive higher education system. The Webinar on July 2, by the VIW Research Group of the University of Florence, promises to be an opportunity for discussion, in which the results of VIW research activities carried out in the first half of 2021 will be presented and, below, other experiences gained in this specific field of study and research in Italy.