Workshop: Gender and Migration

Centurion Lake Hotel
Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
19 July 2002

Past research on cross-border migration in Southern Africa has tended to focus on formal labour migration, especially in the mining sector. This has led to the relative neglect of women in regional migration studies. Instead of being regarded as migrants in their own right, women have been viewed largely as those left behind, or otherwise as mere appendages to male migration. More recent research on regional migration, while paying greater attention to gender, still leaves large areas unexplored. Yet over the past decade, new spatial and temporal patterns of male and female migration have been evolving, driven by a variety of social, political and economic motives. These patterns remain little researched and poorly understood.

The aims of this workshop were:

The workshop will brought together researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. Keynote speakers were invited from a number of academic, government and non-governmental organizations.

Primary themes included:

Workshop Organizers:

The workshop is being organized by the Southern African Migration Project (SAMP) consisting of the Southern African Research Centre (Queen's University in Canada), Idasa, P & DM (Wits), Sechaba Consultants (Lesotho), Arpac (Mozambique) and the Universities of Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The project is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.


A full workshop report will be available shortly on this site.


Dr Belinda Dodson
Southern African Migration Project
152 Albert Street
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6

Tel: +1 (613) 533-3155
Fax: +1 (613) 533-2171


Updated 09 October 2002