Gender and Migration in Times of COVID-19: Additional Risks on Migrant Women in the MENA and How to Address Them by Jasmin Lilian Diab



Abandoned by employers, Ethiopian domestic workers are dumped on Lebanon’s streets. Source: The New Arab


Coronavirus does not discriminate who it affects, and the health, political, economic and psychosocial responses to the virus should not either. At one of the most difficult times we are undergoing as a humanity, women migrant workers across the globe currently stand on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in almost every capacity. These women work in essential but low-paid and vulnerable jobs, as health and care workers, nurses, cleaners and domestic workers, not only placing them at an elevated risk of exposure, but also rendering them one of the most vulnerable populations to COVID-19.[1] With women migrant workers inherently having to grapple with intersectional forms of discrimination and inequalities, gender-specific violations in migration policies, insecure forms of labor, racism, and xenophobia, to name just a few, the virus currently adds another layer to this intersection that has not been explicitly addressed in policies on the ground.

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Vol. 16 No. 1-2 (2019): Vol. 16, No. 1-2 (Summer - Winter 2019) - Issue No. 30-31
Vol. 16, No. 1-2 (Summer - Winter 2019) - Issue No. 30-31
  • Publisher: Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje
  • Authors: Zdravko Saveski, Andreas Vasileiou, Akis Gavriilidis, Blair Taylor, David Roden, Ekin Erkan, Davor Löffler, John J. McGraw, Niels N. Johannsen, Neda Genova, Ana Blazheva, Alkisti Efthymiou, Athena Athanasiou, Tsvetelina Hristova, Giuseppe Capalbo, Eszter Kováts
  • Language(s): English
  • Publication Date: 2019
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  • Andreas Vasileiou: Exploring the Practices of Greek Municipalities with Left-wing Majorities between 2014-2019: The Battle for the Commons and the Limits of Action [EN]
  • Akis Gavriilidis: Billy Wilder as a Critic of Humanitarian Intervention [EN]
  • Refusing the False Choice Between Individual and Collective Liberation: Interview with Blair Taylor [EN] 


  • David Roden: Subtractive-Catastrophic Xenophilia [EN]
  • Ekin Erkan: Laruelle Qua Stiegler: On Non-Marxism and the Transindividual [EN]
  • Davor Löffler, John J. McGraw † and Niels N. Johannsen: Weapons in and as History: On the Ontogenerative Function of Materialized Preemption and Intelligence in Weapons Technology [EN]
  • Neda Genova: Material-semiotic Transformations of the Berlin Wall in Post-Communist Bulgaria [EN]
  • Ana Blazheva: Macedonian Affective Rhizome: Fear and Shame in the Case of the Macedonian “Name Issue” [EN]


  • Alkisti Efthymiou in Conversation with Athena Athanasiou: Spectral Publics and Antifascist Eventualities [EN]


  • Tsvetelina Hristova: Towards Marina Gržinić (Ed.), Border Thinking: Disassembling Histories of Racialized Violence [EN]
  • Giuseppe Capalbo: Towards Karin Sellberg, Lena Wånggren and Kamillea Aghtan (Eds.), Corporeality and Culture: Bodies in Movement [EN]
  • Eszter Kováts: “Not A Thing?” Rogers Brubaker’s Trans: Gender and Race in an Age of Unsettled Identities and Its Relevance for Central and Eastern Europe [EN]


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