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Governments’ decisions usually impact most on the lives of women and people of marginalised genders — yet their stories often go unheard. Wander Women unites tales of different journeys around the world and shines light on the boundaries and constraints — both physical and invisible, political and social — that mould the lives of cis women, trans people and gender-nonconforming individuals.
In this moving and reflective book, two journalists draw links between the gendering of migration and the policing of gender; between cities and borders that restrict mobility. Those sharing their stories tell us what it is like to move through the world with a ‘threatening’ gender identity, the ‘wrong’ nationality, ‘transgressive’ politics, or a ‘disability’.
From the streets of London to the ruins of Syria, from Calais to Russia to Western Sahara, this book gathers voices of all ages — of pioneering activists and artists, matriarchs and mothers, politicians and humanitarians. They paint a picture of structural inequality, in which gender, movement and freedom have long been intertwined.
A current of warmth and resilience runs through and connects these extraordinary voices. They offer tales of resistance and determination, in a world that tries to deny many the right to make their own choices.
Author: Alexandra Blanchard and Alex Howlett
Publisher: Hurst Publishers
Published Date: November 2022