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Women of Barcelona

Meet 16 women who have crossed international borders to come to Barcelona.

Just under half the world’s international migrants are women. Just under half of Barcelona’s immigrant population is female. Yet, beyond the impact of issues such as trafficking, sex slavery or labour exploitation, very little light has been shed on how they rebuild belonging. What are their skills, memories and dreams? Click on the pictures for their stories.

 

On gender and migration

More than through any other lens, migration foregrounds gender as a construct that is also at once a process in the making.

Building cultural citizenship with women seeking refuge and asylum

Using participatory, biographical and visual methods, we got in touch with women’s ‘realities’ in a way that demanded critical reflection.

Face to face

As an anthropologist and ethnographer, I attempt to gain access to the participants’ memories in the way I would have liked to have been interviewed. 

Home-Work: gender and urban immigrant relocation

The very detailed and almost intimate contributions by these 16 women offer a panoramic view of the ways in which, as Hannah Arendt has said, the social arises.

Female migration, urban relocation and remaking home: excerpts from a report

Key recommendations from the exploration of migration, relocation and settlement in an urban context, through the ethnographic project, “Women of the World: Home and Work in Barcelona”.

Why photography matters

It is no longer the extraordinariness of the image, but rather its familiarity that lends credibility to the representation of how these immigrant women have made new lives in the city.

Language and integration in Barcelona, a globalised bilingual city

Interviews for the UNU-GCM project, Women of the World, tell us about the encounter of women immigrants in Barcelona with new language(s).

Women of the world: work

This week, meet 16 women who are first generation immigrants living in Barcelona. Part Four: Here, they reveal the many impediments to access to the workplace that they have. (Español, English translation)

Women of the world: networks and local associations

This week, meet 16 women who are first generation immigrants living in Barcelona. Part Three: Here, they discuss how they use their networks and associations as routes through which to relocate, integrate and remake home in this city. (Español, English translation)

Women of the world: the city

This week, meet 16 women who are first generation immigrants living in Barcelona. Part Two: Here, they comment on the ways they can play a positive role in assisting newcomers to their communities. (Español, English translation)

Women of the world: prejudices and stereotypes

This week, meet 16 women who are first generation immigrants living in Barcelona. Part One: Here, they comment on the way gender and ethnic differences converge in the entrenched perceptions that they encounter. (Español, English translation)

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