Gender and migration in South Africa: talking to women migrants

As more women migrate throughout Africa, gendered perspectives in policy and implementation are needed.

African migration is typically viewed through a male lens. However, women are moving more than ever. Whether fleeing war or seeking to meet their economic needs, more women migrate independently throughout Africa. Many of these travel to South Africa. This report examines the ways in which gender and migration intersect to heighten women’s vulnerabilities. Gender-neutral approaches put women at risk and gendered perspectives in policy planning and implementation are needed.

About the author

Aimée-Noël Mbiyozo is a senior research consultant at the Institute for Security Studies. She is a migration expert who has worked for six years as a senior migration consultant, researching and implementing responses in high-flow regions, including Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Picture: © UNHCR/James Oatway

Development partners
This report is funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union and the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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