The UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health


Are we moving backwards? The multiple jeopardy of gender-based violence, migration and COVID-19

February 3, 2021 2:00 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how the intersection of multiple forms of discrimination and inequalities - in gender, class, geography, ethnicity, race, and citizenship status - have devastating impacts on migrants health. 

GBV is known to increase in emergencies, which has been seen in the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been attributed to factors including economic insecurity, social stress and social isolation measures, with individuals facing increased difficulty in accessing support networks. Migrants are a group particularly vulnerable to gender-based violence (GBV), facing a unique set of risks which may present before, during or after migration exacerbated by factors such as inadequate legal, state or social protective contexts.  

Join us on February 3rd at 2pm for the next Bordering's webinar that explores the triple jeopardy of GBV, migration and COVID-19. It unpacks how migrants - in labour camps, refugee camps or other settings - are at risk of GBV. COVID-19 has put pressure on health and welfare systems worldwide, and the breakdowns of social systems and limited access to health facilities can exacerbate GBV. Has COVID-19 reversed progress made on GBV? Are policies and programmes addressing GBV among migrants gender-responsive, or are some being left behind? This webinar examines how we can respond to the triple/multiple jeopardy and intersecting determinants of migrants health. 


Dr Ines Keyhnaert, Assistant Professor in Sexual and Reproductive Health at the International Centre for Reproductive Health, Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the Ghent University. 

Prof. Terry McGovern, Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center.

Jozef Bartovic, Technical Officer, Migration and Health Programme, at the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Dr Ligia Kiss, Associate Professor in social epidemiology at the Institute for Global Health at the University College London

About the Series

In a collaboration between the UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health; the UCL Migration Research Unit; Lancet Migration: global collaboration to advance migration health; and Race & Health, Borderings: Migration, Gender and Health series seeks to promote, enhance and connect dialogues of migration, gender and health.