Senior Lecturer Anuj Kapilashrami at Queen Mary University, London, PhD (Global Health & Development), MSc (Sexual & Reproductive Health), MA (Sociology) is a social scientist with expertise in health policy, gender violence and intersectional inequalities.
Her work on violence is informed by feminist praxis and a political economy lens.
She is Senior Research Associate at the Global Health Governance Programme, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, Associate Fellow at University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Global Health Development, Queen Margaret University. She has longstanding experience of working with women’s groups, civil society organisations and social movements in South Asia, the UK and Europe.
Disrupting mainstream narratives and exploring intersectional analytics of migrant women’s access to justice and health-seeking for domestic violence
Political conflicts and resulting forced migration across the world have created significant risks for women, as new forms and tools of gendered violence emerge and existing patterns get amplified and intensified. Emergent narratives on violence among displaced populations highlight growing health risks and specific vulnerabilities that migrant women are exposed to. While crises amplify risks and vulnerabilities, trans-border movements also create spaces, albeit limited, for women to bring to fore gender issues hitherto overlooked. One such potential space through which women’s experience of the cycle of abuse can be mediated is the domain of healthcare systems.
However, existing analysis of institutional (health and protection systems) and policy responses to violence in European countries is limited; especially in considering the differential placement of migrant women and their overlapping multiple disadvantages linked to class, ethnicity, immigration status, marital status among others that impede their safe and confidential access to health services and justice.
This address will examine this neglected dimension of violence scholarship, highlighting experiences of violence, key pathways, and structural & institutional determinants of health and justice seeking among refugee & migrant women in both transit and destination contexts. It will situate domestic violence amidst a broader political economy of health and violence (and state-citizen relations); calling for an intersectional approach to understanding health implications of domestic violence.