Becky Walker is a postdoctoral research fellow at the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) at The University of Witswatersrand.
As a Social Anthropologist Becky’s areas of interest are the effects of everyday violence on women, and ways in which these are negotiated and countered through everyday strategies. Becky’s initial work and doctoral study, funded by the ESRC and based at the University of Edinburgh researched the effects of everyday violence and strategies of endurance amongst a women’s informal human rights group in Eastern Sri Lanka.
Her current work looks at the vulnerabilities faced by migrant women who sell sex in South Africa with a particular focus on issues such as access to healthcare, stigmatisation and discrimination and the conflation of sex work and human trafficking. This has built on a multi-media research project run at a women’s shelter in inner-city Johannesburg that explored migrant women’s experiences of home and movement through art work and the making of dresses. Becky’s postdoctoral work funded by WOTRO considered the impact of migration legislation, trafficking discourses and transnational networks on feelings of belonging amongst migrant sex workers in Johannesburg and Amsterdam.
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