Cross-Border Movements, Female Migration and Human Rights : a Postcolonial Evaluation

Until recently, women have been excluded from migration analyses or perceived as passive dependants of male migrants or non-migrants waiting for their spouses to return. Increasingly, however, scholars and advocates have begun to look at such things as the role of women in the labour market, the experience of female migrants and the effect of immigration policy on female migrants.

This project will examine the relationship between migration, prostitution and trafficking with respect to cross-border movement of women between three South Asian countries: Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Researchers will

  • conduct an extensive review of the literature on female migration in the three countries;
  • examine the legal mechanisms that safeguard the rights of female migrants, plus samples of national legislation and their effect on the rights of female migrants;
  • expose gaps in the literature and legal instruments in addressing women's cross-border movements and human rights; and
  • suggest measures to enhance the rights of women migrants.

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Start Date

Friday, March 31, 2006

End Date

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


22 months

IDRC Officer

Singh, Navsharan

Total funding

CA$ 136,000


Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Ratna Kapur


Centre for Feminist Legal Research

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