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Female Migrant Labourers and COVID-19 in Asia

  • 5 Nov 2021
  • 16:30 - 17:30
  • Online via Zoom & YouTube Live Stream


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A panel discussion by the War, Conflict & Global Migration Think Tank Programme & special guest speakers.

The panel speakers will introduce the different female labour migration networks that operate in the Global South. This includes South Asian female domestic helpers in the Gulf, Southeast Asian domestic workers in Singapore, etc.

Speaker Bios

 Dr Divya Balan: Dr Divya Balan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Studies at FLAME University, Pune, India. She teaches courses on International Migration, Diaspora, and Refugee Studies. Divya has served as a visiting fellow of the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland in 2018. Recipient of several scholarships and research grants, she has published monographs, research papers in edited books and journals and thought pieces in international and Indian newspapers and magazines. Divya is an active public speaker on themes related to migration and governance.

Dr Diab is an Assistant Professor of Migration Studies at the Lebanese American University (LAU)’s Department of Social Sciences. She has served as an International Consultant to UN Agencies and International Humanitarian Organisations across the MENA region, and has assisted in evaluating humanitarian programming, conducting research in conflict settings, and developing strategies for organisations' interventions in hard-to-reach areas across Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories. She is a Country of Origin Information Expert to AMERA International's 'Rights in Exile Program,' and an Editorial Board Member at Act for Displaced, the Journal of Internal Displacement and the Journal of Applied Professional Studies at Marywood University. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member to People Beyond Borders and the Indian Society of Legal Research, and an Adjunct Faculty Member of International Migration and Refugee Law at the Global Institute of Law.

Shaddin Almasri is a Jordanian-American PhD candidate based in Krems, Austria. Her research interests are in aid policy, development, and refugee labour integration with a regional focus on the Middle East. Previously, she held research and advocacy roles at Oxfam in Jordan and at the WANA Institute, a local Jordanian think tank. She holds an MSc Migration, Mobility and Development from SOAS, University of London and a BA Economics from the American University of Sharjah. She has held a variety of roles in short term research projects spanning topics such as climate migration, refugee discrimination, stratification in labour migration policy and refugee access to self-reliance mechanisms. She is currently a PhD Migration Studies candidate at Danube University Krems, where she is researching nationality-based discrimination in refugee aid and inclusion policies across Jordan, Turkey and Ethiopia.

Bava Dharani completed her LLB and LLM in SOAS, UOL. Bava is interested in the Indian indenture history in Singapore and Malaysia, and the parallels and differences this labour movement bears to modern day migrant workers’ movement chains. Previously, Bava worked as a paralegal in Singapore, specialising in criminal, civil and employment law.

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