Constructive Resilience in Forced Migration: A Comparative Analysis of Policies and Narratives of Afghan Women and Girls Migrating to Australia and Canada

This study examines the paradigm of constructive resilience within forced migration, focusing on Afghan women and girls and drawing insights from the Bahá’í Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) as a model. I will be conducting qualitative interviews alongside an in-depth analysis of migration policies in Australia and Canada. This research highlights the role of community institutions and policies to instill resiliency within forced migration settings, versus reproducing inequalities. Additionally, this study seeks to uncover mechanisms through which constructive resiliency can be a transformative force, particularly in advancing gender equality in the context of forced migration.

  • Kimiya Missaghi

    Kimiya is a PhD Student at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. After completing her master’s thesis on the Bahá’í Institute of Higher Education, she endeavored to apply the Bahá’í community in Iran as a model for understanding resilient institutions within forced migration. Her PhD research centers on Afghan refugees in transit to Canada and Australia, aiming to discern how migration policies and institutions can instill constructive resilience.


48th Annual Conference

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