Pledging for Parity: A Conference on Women and Migration | #Africa4Her

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) in partnership with the British Council, UN Women, Zimbabwe German Society, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), will be having a two day conference in celebration of the International Women’s day. The conference will commence from the 8th to the 9th March and will be starting at 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the inspiring and courageous work women around the world are doing to secure women’s rights and shape more tolerant and equitable societies. We also reflect on the work that remains unacknowledged and remember the many women whose voices go unheard, who continue to be excluded from realizing their full potential.

The conference seeks to encourage the further development of international migration policies, what is needed in a general theoretical framework that guides research and helps explain the unique experiences of both males and females at all stages of the migration process.

Speakers will interrogate different themes which include women and migration, human trafficking or child trafficking, cross border traders and development, exploring the role played by women in the sector, the politics and nature of statelessness, xenophobia, objectification of minority subjects, revisiting the migration policies of the west, diaspora experiences, what role do refugees play in the development on nation states?

“There is a link between migration and other social issues such as women, children and migration to issues such as xenophobia,” said Raphael Chikukwa, curator at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

The conference is part of a series of events associated with the exhibition entitled Kabbo Ka Muwala/ The Girl’s Basket which is centred on migration and mobility in Eastern and Southern Africa. It follows in the wake of a press conference, an artist talk, and video art master class. As diverse as these events are, they all connect and give the viewer an opportunity to reflect and appreciate migration from historical, economic, social and innovative perspectives.

Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political advancement but they remain disadvantaged. The pursuit of the conference is the call for greater equality of opportunity for women in all areas of life, from the workplace to politics or the sports field and beyond.

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