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:
to assess the current knowledge base on gender and cross-border migration in Southern Africa
to set out a research agenda for future research into gender and migration in the region
to establish contacts and build networks for knowledge sharing and collaborative research
to raise the profile of gender in the debates on national and regional migration policies
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:
Household and Gender Dynamics of Women's Migration
Economic Participation by Women Migrants
Abuse, Violence and Trafficking of Women
Legal and Policy Issues
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
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Tel: +1 (613) 533-3155
Fax: +1 (613) 533-2171
Updated 09 October 2002