Gender-Based Violence against Women of Migrant Background in Europe

The project centers on the ways in which gender, culture, language, race, and national origin interact in human rights law’s responses to violence against women of migrant background in Europe.

Supervision: Prof. Dr. Eva Brems

Researcher: Dr. Lourdes Peroni

Sponsored by: BOF (2014-2018)

The project examines recent human rights law’s responses to gender-based violence against women of migrant background in Europe, mainly through a postcolonial feminist lens. Through which frames is violence against this group of women primarily understood? Are these frames more sensitive to broader forms of inequality and oppression? Or is violence against this group of women viewed through simplistic stigmatizing frames that further victimize them? The project also attempts to move beyond critique. To this end, it assesses the potential of concepts in feminist theory and beyond in order to enable human rights law to more fully address the variety of factors shaping violence against women of migrant background in Europe without reinforcing their victimization and stigmatization.

 

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