The GIPS Project

Background and Rationale

The Gender, (Im)mobilities, and Precarious Situations (GIPS) project is an action-research project based on the intersection of gender inequalities and the specific realities of migrant women in extended precarious life situations in Canada (Québec) and Lebanon. This project is based on a feminist, transnational, decolonial, and inclusive partnership between the Université de Montréal and the Asfari Institute at the American University of Beirut.

Situated at the crossroads of ethical questions on research and intervention practices in the context of crises, the experiences and strategies put into place by migrant women and the partner organizations that work with them are at the heart of this project. The literature review shows how the events related to COVID-19 since March 2020, as well as the social and economic crisis in Lebanon since the fall of 2019, have exacerbated the precarious situations experienced by groups said to be “vulnerable”, namely migrant women. Our previous work illustrates the necessity of thinking about this research field in a way that considers the intersection of gender inequalities, the specific realities of migrant women in extended precarious life situations, and the denial of citizenship rights. Further, the civil society organizations working directly with migrant women on the issues of gender and rights denounce the increasing precarity experienced by women in both contexts. Indeed, amid successive crises in 2019-2020, our partners made an urgent call to document the realities of migrant women in contexts of hyper-precarity in order to identify promising practices to understand, support, and assist them.

The development of this partnership is situated at the juncture of three complementary perspectives:

  1. Critical studies on migration
  2. Transnational feminism
  3. Decolonial feminism

Target groups

GIPS brings together researchers, students, social and community workers, as well as migrant people to work in solidarity with people facing (hyper)precarious living situations.

Timeframe

2021-2024

Objectives

  1. Document the migration of women in precarious life situations in Lebanon and Canada (Québec).
  2. Explore the strategies put into place by the partner organizations and migrant women in the context of (im)mobilities and precarious lives.
  3. Document the ethical practices in terms of intervention and research with migrant women in precarious life situations, particularly in the context of crises.
  4. Bring together scientific, contextual, and experiential knowledge that can serve to produce training and dissemination of intervention and research tools stemming from the achievement of the aforementioned objectives.

Activities

  • Publications and conferences for scientific and professional communities
  • Workshops
  • Podcasts
  • Blog posts

Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship

American University of Beirut

BEIRUT

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Beirut, Lebanon

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NEW YORK

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