Webinar on Gendered Vulnerabilities

The Maghreb Action for Displacement And Rights (MADAR) Network Plus and the Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM) co-hosted a webinar at the University of Sousse on gendered vulnerabilities on 18 November 2021.

If you missed the event or would like to watch it again, you can watch a recording of the webinar below (in French and English):

Gendered Vulnerabilities

Thursday, 18 November 2021

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sousse University

This webinar will explore gendered vulnerabilities in the contexts of migration.

  • How gender (including genders beyond the binary) affects migration trajectory?
  • How is vulnerability gendered/ how is gender constructed in relation to vulnerability?

The panel, chaired by Dr Ann Zuntz from The University of Edinburgh, will include speakers based in the Maghreb.

Please register via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/webinar-on-gendered-vulnerabilities-tickets-198216369497

Please note that this is an hybrid event which is taking place in person at the University of Sousse and online at 2pm CET (Tunisian time) = 1pm UTC (UK time) online.


Imen Aouani is the Tunisia 4Mi Project Coordinator at the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) in North Africa, where she manages a network of field enumerators situated along frequently used mixed migration routes in Tunisia and was acting focal point for establishing a data collection architecture in Sudan. Imen joined MMC in 2017 after working with the African Development Bank as a Research Assistant. She is specialised in quantitative and qualitative data collection and data collection software, training in data collection techniques, aggregation and modelling. Imen has a Master’s in Business and Economic Management from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania in Greece (MAICH) and a BSc in Rural Economics from the Higher School of Agriculture in Mograne, Tunisia.

Ayla Bonfiglio is the Regional Coordinator/Manager of the Mixed Migration Center (MMC) in North Africa. For the last decade, she has worked on issues of forced migration and mobility, with a focus on refugee educational attainment. In 2016, she co-founded the Conflict and Education Learning Laboratory (CELL) in the Netherlands, which works towards the reduction of divisive stereotypes in educational materials and examines the impact of educational content on conflict and crisis. Her doctoral research (UNU-MERIT/Maastricht University) examined how refugees and migrants who are pursuing tertiary education in asylum countries shape their forced displacement patterns in relation to higher education. In this role, she conducted several hundred in-depth interviews with refugees and migrants in Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda. Formerly, she was a Research Officer at the International Migration Institute, Oxford.

Wael Garnaoui is a Postdoc fellow at the Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM), University of Leipzig. He is a clinical psychologist with a Master's degree in political science from Paris Dauphine University. He defended his thesis in psychoanalysis and psychopathology entitled "Harga and desire for the West in the time of Jihad. Borders and migrant subjectivities of young Tunisians" at the University of Paris in 2021. He founded a new research group dedicated to border studies which is based at the Social-Anthropology Centre at the University of Sousse in Tunisia. His research examines the impact of borders and migration policies on Tunisian and North African societies and individual subjectivity. He also aims to develop an alternative approach to borders studies based on knowledge production from the global South.

Leila Hadj Abdou is part-time assistant Professor at the Migration Policy Centre at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute. She is in charge of coordinating the EUI’s contribution to the H2020 project and has worked for several years at the MPC as a Research Fellow with a focus on migration governance from a global and regional perspective. She currently also holds the position of Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna where she conducts research and lectures in the field of migration, EU, and Austrian politics.She is editorial board member of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS), and Editorial College Member of the journal Migration Politics. She holds a Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute.

Presentations will be in French and English and simultaneous interpretation will be available throughout the event. Presentations of 10-15 minutes each will be followed by a Q&A session.

This is a hybrid event:

Zoom: a link to join will be sent via email a day before the event.

In person: Sousse University: Salle des Soutenances, Bloc C, Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines

Please note, that the event will be recorded and the recording will be shared on the MADAR website.

If you have any access requirements or any other questions, please contact us at: madar.networkplus@keele.ac.uk.

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