How is gender involved in the migration process? What are the effects of migration on gender relations? And how those relations impact the representation of migration in turn? How do media and politics shape migration narratives from a gender perspective? These are some of the key questions that the BRIDGES Gender Guidelines try to answer by providing a conceptual and methodological framework for the inclusion of a gender and intersectional perspective in migration studies, and in the analysis of migration narratives, more specifically.
These Guidelines are one of the core tasks of the BRIDGES Gender Observatory, whose aim is to ensure the inclusion of this perspective throughout the project, from data-gathering and analysis to co-production and dissemination activities. To this end, this publication offers some guidance on how to adopt a gender perspective when defining sampling methods and searching for data, both during fieldwork and literature review stages of the research. It also identifies a series of dimensions, indicators, and key questions that will ensure that the project remains gender-sensitive throughout the different Work Packages.
Since there is scarce literature on this topic, these Guidelines may indeed be useful as a general theoretical and methodological framework for any other project dealing with narratives or migration issues, and willing to include a gender and intersectional perspective as a cross-cutting feature of its research.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.