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Women, Migration & Labor: A Global Dialogue

Published on November 22, 2022


Event Date

December 15, 2022 6:30 pm (IST)

Event Venue

Online - Webinar

In relation to the 2022 International Migrants Day (December 18), the International Institute of
Migration and Development (IIMAD) will host a webinar titled “Women, Migration and Labor:
A Global Dialogue.” The virtual event will be hosted on December 15, 2022, from 8:00-9:30 AM
EST/6:30-8:00 PM IST.

The event will examine the trends, developments and policy solutions in the field of migration,
gender and labor, through the eyes of academics and practitioners. More specifically, the focus
will be on how international migration impacts women workers. Through a moderated panel
discussion, the event aims to address the following questions:

  • What are the opportunities offered by international migration for women workers in both formal and informal sectors?
  • What are some of the challenges and vulnerabilities faced by women migrant workers in countries of origin and destination?
  • What are the actions and solutions to address these challenges by different actors (UN, governments, journalists, academia, NGOs, women migrant workers and other stakeholders)? What constitutes a gender-sensitive migration/labor policy?


S Irudaya Rajan

S. Irudaya Rajan is the chair of the KNOMAD (The Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development) World Bank working group on internal migration and urbanization. He has published in international journals on the social, economic, demographic, psychological and political implications of migration on individuals, communities, the economy and society. He is the editor of the annual series India Migration Report since 2010 and South Asia Migration Report since 2017 published by Routledge. Founder Editor in Chief, Migration and Development (Taylor and Francis).


Margaret Walton-Roberts

Margaret is a professor in the Geography and Environmental Studies department at Wilfrid Laurier University and is affiliated with the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo Ontario. She has published widely on issues related to gender and migration, immigrant settlement in mid-sized cities and global health professional migration. Her current research focuses on the international migration of healthcare professionals within Asia and from Asia to North America and Europe.

Vani Saraswathi

Vani is the Editor-at-Large and Director of Projects, at Migrant-Rights.org, a one of its kind bi-lingual
content-based advocacy platform that focuses on the GCC states and the corridors of migration, in Asia & Africa. She is the author of Stories of Origin: The Invisible Lives of Migrants in the Gulf, an anthology of reporting from seven origin countries over a period of three years.

Sahiba Gill

Sahiba is a senior staff attorney at GLJ-ILRF, where she advocates for unions and workers in global supply chains,
focusing on migrant, racial and gender justice. Sahiba holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and is a graduate of the New York University School of Law.

Janhavi Dave

Janhavi is the International Coordinator of HomeNet International, a global network of 36 home-based worker organizations in 20 countries, representing over 600,000 workers. Ms Dave was formerly the International Coordinator of HomeNet South Asia and previously worked with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), IFMR Trust (now Dvara Trust) and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO).

Session Moderator

Ardra Manasi

Ardra Manasi is a development practitioner based in New York City, with expertise in gender policy, migration and technology for development. She is currently affiliated with the International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD) as a Research Fellow. Previously, she worked as the Senior Program Coordinator for Advocacy and Partnerships at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), Rutgers University where her work focused on gender, labour and human rights.

Closing Remarks

Nelgyn Tennyson

Nelgyn Tennyson is a Research Fellow at The International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD). A demographic economist by practice, Nelgyn enjoys innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary research approaches in Population Ageing and Health Economics. His current research focuses on transnational issues.


Ardra Manasi

Research Fellow

Nelgyn Tennyson

Research Fellow


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