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Principal investigator and researcher in charge – Québec/Canada site

Roxane Caron

Roxane Caron is a social worker by training and is now an associate professor at the School of Social Work of the Université de Montréal. She has extensive experience in practice and research, both in Quebec and Lebanon, as well as theoretical expertise on issues surrounding refugees and migration from a transnational perspective. Her work focuses primarily on the realities of refugee women, life in refugee camps, and protracted exile. She has led several research projects involving Canada and Lebanon that aim to understand – from a transnational and intersectional perspective – the migration pathways of refugees from Syria settled in Canada (Quebec) and Lebanon.

Mots-clés femme, féminisme transnational, féminisme décolonial, intersectionnalité, exil prolongé, camp de réfugiés.

Researcher in charge – Lebanon site

Lina Abou-Habib

Lina Abou-Habib is the Director of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut as well as the Gender Project Director of the MEPI-TLS program at AUB. She is a feminist activist and researcher with a long career working with local, regional, and international institutions on gender mainstreaming and feminist activism. She has designed, implemented, and led multi-year gender equality initiatives including training, research, and community actions, and served on many local and international boards including AWID where she served as the Board Secretary and Chair from 2008 to 2012. Abou-Habib is a member of the editorial committee of the Gender and Development Journal and serves on the Board of Haven for Artists.  She also designs and teaches a number of undergraduate gender courses at AUB.

Mots-clés: active citizenship; women’s political participation; invisible care work; migrant women and refugees’ women in post-war Lebanon

Coordonnatrices

Project coordinator and local coordinator – Québec/Canada site

Sonya Ben Yahmed

Sonya Ben Yahmed est une chercheuse et doctorante à l'Université de Montréal, dont les travaux multidisciplinaires, qui relèvent autant de la sociologie et des études de genre que de la communication, touchent aux questions de genre, de violence, de corps, de langue et de mobilité. Elle est également une militante de longue date, au sein du mouvement féministe en Tunisie, son pays d'origine, et plus largement dans les mouvements sociaux en Tunisie et au Québec, notamment ceux liés aux immigrants et aux personnes sans statut. Elle se définit comme une chercheuse-militante et tente de construire des ponts entre la recherche et le militantisme.

Mots-clés femmes, féminisme décolonial, violence, corps, intersectionnalité, justice sociale.

Local coordinator – Lebanon site

Carla Akil


Carla Akil is a researcher and project coordinator at the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut. She has extensive experience in advocacy for gender equality, including developing and implementing social media campaigns as well as organizing and moderating webinars. Her research work is focused on women’s rights and gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, including prejudice and feminist funding narratives. Carla has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the American University of Beirut.

Mots-clés genre; féminisme; empowerment des femmes; violence sexuelle et basée sur le genre

Co-chercheur.e.s et collaborateur.rice.s

Ahmed Hamila (Québec/Canada)
Ahmed Hamila est professeur adjoint au département de sociologie de l’Université de Montréal. Spécialiste des migrations internationales et des enjeux de genres/sexualités ses travaux actuels portent sur les politiques d’asile liées à l’orientation sexuelle et à l’identité de genre, sur l’accès aux soins des populations migrantes vulnérables et sur les solidarités transnationales. Il a été chercheur invité dans plusieurs universités dont University of Victoria, Sciences Po Paris et University of Warwick, ainsi que Queen Elisabeth Scholar et Wiener-Anspach fellow à University of Oxford et à University of Cambridge. Ses travaux ont été publiés dans Politique et sociétés, Gouvernement et action publique, Alterstice, Intervention ainsi que dans plusieurs ouvrages collectifs de référence. 

Mots-clés: Public action; Gender relations; Political sociology; Immigration; State/civil society relations; Sexualities; Social inequalities in health; Nationalisms and sexualities.

Myriam Richard – co-researcher (Québec/Canada)
Myriam is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Social Work at Université de Montréal. She is trained in history, urban studies, geography, and social work. For the last 12 years, she has been involved in the field of immigration and refuge as a researcher, trainer, as well as social/community worker. Her work aims to defend the rights of migrant and refugee people by better understanding the experiences of refugee families’ lives across borders, as well as social and community workers supporting them. It tries to create bridges between research and social/community intervention by mobilizing critical family, transnational and feminist studies through narrative and collaborative methods. Her personal and professional experiences have led her to be anchored transnationally across the borders of Québec/Canada, the United States, Russia, and Lebanon.

Mots-clés: familles réfugiées transnationales ; séparation et réunification familiale ; intervention sociale et communautaire ; études critiques sur la famille et féministes ; méthodes narratives et collaboratives.

Amal Damien – co-researcher (Lebanon)

Amal M. Damien is a lecturer at the Lebanese School of Social Education at St. Joseph University in Beirut and has been working on refugee women’s issues in Lebanon for many years. She was the coordinator of a training program with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) on psychosocial support for violence against refugee women. Dr. Damien works closely with L. Abou Habib at the Collective for Research and Training on Development Action (CRTDA) – where she is a member of the Board of Directors – on the design and implementation of social development projects in Lebanon and training programs for Lebanese and Syrian/Palestinian refugee women. In addition, A. Damien conducted research in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the role of informal networks in the lives of Syrian refugees in Lebanon (2018-2020). Dr. Damien brings to the project her grounded knowledge of women’s community organizing in Lebanon, including migrant and refugee women, including those living in rural areas. She is also familiar with the Quebec context of community intervention, having completed a doctoral stay at the School of Social Work of the University of Montreal in 2010, where she taught on the subject.

Mots-clés: empowerment des femmes ; pauvreté ; développement socio-économique ; réfugiés et migrants ; questions de genre.

Jill Hanley – co-researcher (Québec/Canada)

Jill Hanley is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work of McGill University and Scientific Director of the SHERPA University Institute, a research center that aims to advance knowledge and develop best practices for intervention in a multi-ethnic context. Dr. Hanley’s research focuses on access to housing, health services and labour rights for migrants with precarious status, particularly temporary foreign workers, asylum seekers and undocumented persons. Her research focuses on documenting the challenges faced by these individuals so that the results can both inform policy development and benefit community groups in their development and pursuit of their mission. In addition, she works closely with many community organizations (including the partner organizations in this project, PINAY and MCVI) and is the co-founder of the Immigrant Workers’ Centre in Montreal, which is an undeniable contribution to this project as well as her expertise with migrant women domestic workers.

Emmanuelle Khoury – co-researcher (Québec/Canada)

Emmanuelle’s experience and expertise are primarily in the field of mental health, more recently with a focus on youth mental health practices to youth mental health practices. That said, mental health is a very broad field that includes knowledge and knowledge and interests around: mental health intervention in institutional and community settings, processes of marginalization, stigmatization, and discrimination; and issues related to the reproduction of power relations.

Mots-clés : santé mentale; intervention sociale; pédagogie contemplative; organisation des services sociaux

Edward Ou Jin Lee – co-researcher (Québec/Canada)

Edward Ou Jin Lee est professeur agrégé à l'École de travail social de l'Université de Montréal. Son expertise porte sur les liens entre les processus de racialisation, les parcours migratoires, le genre et la sexualité, notamment en ce qui concerne les expériences intersectionnelles des personnes LGBTQ racialisées et migrantes. Il est impliqué dans plusieurs projets de recherche, dont certains avec Dr. Caron, où il utilise une approche théorique féministe transnationale et décoloniale et des méthodologies critiques. Il fait partie de plusieurs équipes de recherche et collabore déjà avec les membres du présent projet, notamment la Clinique Mauve et le Centre InterActions. Il est également co-fondateur d'AGIR Montréal (Action LGBTQ avec les ImmigrantEs et RéfugiéEs) et sa connaissance des problématiques des personnes LGBTQI+ racisées et migrantes est une contribution importante à ce projet.

Mireille Paquet – collaborator (Québec/Canada)

Dr. Paquet is the Research Chair in Immigration Policy and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University. She is also Director of the Centre for the Study of Politics and Immigration (CSPI) and co-director of the Équipe de recherche sur l’immigration dans le Québec actuel (ÉRIQA). Her research interests include immigration policy in Canada, bureaucratic policy-making in the immigration sector, and innovation in immigration policy. His expertise in the field of citizenship and migration policy in Canada/Quebec and internationally is recognized. The question of (non) citizenship being at the heart of the issues faced by migrant women in precarious situations in Canada and Lebanon (see Project Description), her collaboration will allow us to have an expert in the political dimension inherent to migration issues; a dimension at the intersection of the realities of the women concerned (e.g., issues of injustice, inequality and inclusion or exclusion). 

Organisations partenaires

CRTD.A (Liban)
Le CRTD.A est une organisation féministe basée à Beyrouth au Liban et travaille au Liban et avec des organisations sœurs dans les pays arabes de la région du MENA. Il s'agit d'une organisation non gouvernementale enregistrée en 2003 et basée à Beyrouth, au Liban. Qu'il travaille au Liban ou dans les pays arabes en collaboration avec des partenaires en Algérie, au Bahreïn, en Égypte, en Jordanie, au Maroc, en Syrie et en Tunisie, le CRTD.A cherche à contribuer à la citoyenneté, à la justice sociale et à l'égalité des sexes.

Clinique Mauve (Québec/Canada)

The first of its kind in Quebec, Clinique Mauve was launched in Montreal in 2020 with an original grant from the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Foundation for the Advancement of Family Medicine. Launched in close collaboration with the community organization AGIR, Clinique Mauve offers integrated medical care and psychosocial services that take anti-oppressive, intersectional and trauma-sensitive approaches.

PINAY (Québec/Canada)
PINAY is a non-profit organization of Filipino migrants/immigrant women workers created in 1991 to organize and empower Filipino women in Quebec. Since then, it has played a vital role in the fight for the rights and welfare of Filipinos working as domestic workers under the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP). PINAY is part of a network of women-focused advocacy organizations in Canada that lobbies the federal and provincial governments for the protection of migrant workers and their families. Its current membership counts 250 Filipino domestic workers and professionals in Quebec/Canada.

MCVI (Québec/Canada)
Le MCVI émerge d’une conscience féministe de femmes de diverses origines qui reconnaissent les différentes formes d’oppression envers les femmes.Notre Mission est de contrer toute forme de violence vécue par les femmes comme résultante des rapports de pouvoir inégaux et de domination existante dans la société, rapports qui découlent des différentes sources d’oppression. Au fil des ans, le MCVI a développé une expertise dans l’intervention et l’accompagnement des femmes migrantes et demandeures d'asile ayant vécu de la violence sexuelle et basée sur le genre.Le MCVI est constitué de trois volets dont l’aide direct, la sensibilisation et prévention et la lutte et défense des droits. Notre approche est féministe et intersectionnelle est transversale dans toutes nos actions au MCVI.

Centre Interactions du CIUSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal
Depuis 2001, le Centre Interactions en partenariat avec l’Université de Montréal, étudie la configuration et l’évolution des réseaux de solidarités familiale, communautaire et publique pour répondre à des problèmes sociosanitaires complexes dans une perspective intersectorielle. Le rapprochement entre la recherche universitaire et les milieux de pratique a toujours été une de ses priorités, avec l’objectif d’améliorer l’accès, la continuité et l’adéquation des services de santé et des services sociaux aux besoins de la population.

Étudiants partenaires

Mireille Malaket – Master’s Student (Québec/Canada)
Mireille Malaket holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental geography with a specialization in human environment and a diploma in specialized studies in social work. She is currently a master’s student in social work at the University of Montreal. Her thesis is centered on examining the challenges and opportunities in the start-up of the project “Femmes, genre, (im)mobilités et vies précaires” (Women, gender, (im)mobilities and precarious lives), for which she is currently working as a research assistant. With multiple experiences in social intervention in community and institutional settings in Quebec, including with migrant families and youth in schools and in socio-professional reintegration, her research interests include the experiences of migrant women in precarious situations in Quebec and Lebanon, transnational feminist solidarity, the plural identities of children of mixed couples, and nature and adventure-centered practices in social work.

Mots-clés: femmes migrantes; solidarité transnationale; approches féministes; identités plurielles; intervention psychosociale par la nature et l’aventure

Marilena Liguori – Master’s Student (Québec/Canada)

Other partners

Jacques Lahoud (Lebanon)
Jacques is a psychoanalyst. Working in the field since 2002 in various countries (Egypt, France, Lebanon, Mali, Syria), his research interests include various themes such as life projects, refugees, the dignity of the human person (especially the one receiving aid), psychosocial support to social workers. Having an interdisciplinary approach, I am interested in the process of reconstruction (with dignity and freedom) of the human person who has experienced adversity/trauma in life.

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