Families on the Move


UN Women, in partnership with the Center for Global Affairs and NYU School of Professional Studies, is organizing a conference, Families on the Move, on 2 December, which examines how migration shapes and transforms families.

In an age of unprecedented human mobility within and between countries, this multi-disciplinary conference will bring together scholars from across the world to examine how human mobility, and the distancing of family members across place and borders, shape gender and generational dynamics. Earlier in the year, UN Women issued a call for papers on human mobility, gender and family relations, to solicit research that identifies public policies and other interventions that enable or constrain women’s enjoyment of their human rights, among those who migrate and those who stay behind.

The final papers presented at the conference will inform the 2018 edition of UN Women’s flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women: Families in a Changing World. The report will look at how laws, policies and public action can support families in ways that enable women’s rights to resources, bodily integrity and voice. To understand how gender and generational relations within families are (re)defined and (re)negotiated in response to broader economic, social and political shifts, the report will include a chapter on families in the context of migration and mobility, including refugee flows.

Related link: Take five: Migration and women’s rights—where do we go from here?



Below are the papers presented at the conference. Please note that they are drafts and are not for circulation or citation at this time.

Sabine Damir-Geilsdorf and Martina Sabra,“Waiting alone in Aleppo a lot had changed: Only Women and old person where left”. Impacts of living apart from family on gender norms, family roles and care arrangements of Syrian asylum-seekers in Germany

Bina Fernandez, Reconfiguring care relationships: Ethiopian migrants in Lebanon and Australia

Caitlin Fouratt, Temporarily permanent: Transnational families, care arrangements and the state in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Giovanna Gioli, Amina Maharjan, Manju Gurung, Chanda Gurung Goodrich, Anjal Prakash, Neither heroes nor victims: Women migrant workers and changing family and community relations in Nepal

Nicola Piper, Keuntae Kim and Sohoon Lee, Marriage migration and transnational care in East and Southeast Asia revisited through the migration-development nexus lens

Leila Rodriguez, Gender, family dynamics and violence at the onset, transit and incorporation of underage, unaccompanied, migrants from Central America to the United States

Rita Shackel and Lucy Fiske, Effects of conflict-induced displacement on women in DRC, Kenya and Uganda

Natacha Stevanovic-Fenn and Jeffrey Edmeades, Gender norms in transition: The role of female youth migration and its implications for family formation in senegal

Halliki Voolma, “Love is not a passport to Sweden”: domestic violence against migrant women and the proliferation of rights’ statuses

Ncumisa Willie and Popo Mfubu, “The gendered impact of the manner in which South African interprets and implements family reunification under its Refugees Act”