Learning from women migrants in pandemic

WomenCentre has been working with Connecting Opportunities (CO) partners to share learning from women migrants in pandemic.

WomenCentre’s role on CO is to promote effective, women centred working across the whole project and develop, share and embed good practice. We also work with women migrants directly through case studies, focus groups and other creative activities.

The pandemic alongside the lockdowns and other restrictions have impacted everyone in many different ways including women migrants. Women migrants have faced multiple barriers in accessing services and are disproportionately affected by domestic abuse, lack of finances, racism and discrimination, and many other issues. At the same time, women migrants have resilience and knowledge from their previous experiences enable most women to survive and cope in the context of the pandemic and lockdowns.

WomenCentre understands that women migrants’ lives can be complex and challenging; we do not want to minimise any experiences. Based on feedback CO partners have provided, there are stories of lived experience that we can all learn from. We have listened to women’s stories to further shape women centred approaches and practices.

WomenCentre has summarised the learning in connection to adaption and changes within support services in the report Digital Ways of Women Centred Working.

Alongside the report – we hope this page with additional resources will help to inspire women centred working on a wider scale.

The library collates resources showcasing women migrants’ resilience and knowledge in the context of the pandemic. You can download the PDF by clicking on the panel.

The impact of the pandemic on the lives of  women migrants in the UK

Dawn River, academic at the Institute of Research into Superdiversity, talks to Dr Rubina Jasani, Programme Director for Global Health at The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute in Manchester.

The library of wider women centred resources is here to support your & your teams’ learning. Click on the panel to download the PDF.

Below are two sets of resrouces to support Principle 3 of women centred ways of working – provide learning opportunities about gender.

We know that ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Language) can be very effective in introducting topics, discussions and building vocabularies for all life situations – you can use the tools below to discuss gendered elements of everyday activities and of jobs/professions.

Connecting Opportunities is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.