The current health crisis has exposed and deepened existing inequalities; and it is a crisis that is, in many ways, gendered. Many essential (migrant) workers are female. The crisis has also greatly exacerbated women’s vulnerability to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Unemployment, economic downturn, and restricted mobility in the wake of the current health crisis is likely to result in more human trafficking and more risky migration journeys. This again has gendered implications. Women are disproportionally trafficked, which often exposes them to sexual exploitation. Conditions of receptions and the lack of social support networks and impeded access to public support services in receiving countries can also aggravate the vulnerability of migrant women to SGBV.
Jane Freedman participated in a webinar on GBV and Migration in times of Covid-19 organised by the Migration Policy Centre, EUI. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcIklRXfrRs
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