Call for papers on mobility, gender and family relations for flagship report

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016

UN Women has issued a call for papers on how human mobility and the distancing of family members across places and borders shape gender and generational dynamics within families, for its flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women (Progress). The deadline for receiving proposals is 8 August, 5 p.m. EDT (UTC–4).

The next edition of Progress, themed “Families in a Changing World,” 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 and asylum-seekers.

UN Women is seeking regionally diverse, empirically grounded and innovative research on human mobility, gender and family relations to inform this chapter. The selected papers will identify public policies and other kinds of interventions that enable or constrain women’s enjoyment of their human rights, among those who migrate and those who stay behind.

The research papers should be 8,000–10,000 words in length and address one or more of the following thematic issues, as they relate to human mobility, gender and family relations: immigration policies and gendered family life; women’s economic power and socioeconomic rights; care relationships; social norms, stigma and gender stereotypes; violence against women; and agency and compulsion.

UN Women welcomes papers based on original research, particularly those with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Selected authors will be invited to present their research at a conference in New York in December 2016.

Researchers interested in submitting a proposal should send an abstract of no more than 500 words, indicating which theme(s) they will address, and a one-page Curriculum Vitae to progress[at] by 8 August, 5 p.m. EDT (UTC–4). Submissions will be accepted in English, French and Spanish.

For more information, please download the call for papers, and see our frequently asked questions.