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Women and Migration(s): Diverse Stories

NYU Washington, DC welcomes NYU Tisch’s Deb Willis and Ellyn Toscano with Cheryl Finley of Spelman’s AUC Art Collective for this special DC Dialogues program on Women and Migration(s) webinar. These events are also sponsored by NYU’s Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, & Strategic Innovation. Women have been part of global and historical movements of people, to escape war, to avoid persecution, for work, for security. Women have been uprooted, stolen, trafficked, enslaved; they have been displaced from land despoiled of resources and habitats lost to extreme weather patterns and climate change. Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, displaced women can neither stay put nor return to the places from which they have fled; women are unequally in low-paid, high-risk, insecure “essential” employment, on the front lines of crisis; women are subjected to increasing violence, in domestic situations or the temporary and communal living arrangements in which women and girls in migratory situations are sheltered. In a six-part series, we will explore the importance of photography, art, film, history, law, policy and writing in identifying and remembering these migratory experiences. The public policy lens through which the current crisis is analyzed is one vantage point, an essential one to be sure. The contribution of artists and writers help us to explore the lived experiences of home and loss, family and belonging, isolation, borders and identity - issues salient both in experiences of migration and in the epochal times in which we find ourselves today.