WGMWG (now WIMN) Meets in Istanbul, 2015
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WIMN in Geneva 5.13.17
WIMN in Geneva 5.13.17
WIMN in Geneva 5.13.17

Ms. Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration on need for a Gender-Inclusive Global Compact on Migration

Ms. Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration, has called for a gender-responsive and human rights-based Global Compact on migration.  Ms. Arbour made the remarks via video, addressing a forum organized by UN Women and the Women in Migration Network in Berlin, 30 June, 2017 on  Strategic Approaches for a Gender- Responsive Global Compact for Migration.  The event was held as a side event at the Tenth Global Forum for Migration and Development, Common Space.   Ms. Arbour congratulated UN Women and all experts who contributed to the “important and concrete” Recommendations for addressing women’s human rights in the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.

“Changing the lens through which we look at migration is a pre-requisite for success of the Global Compact and we should start by elevating the focus on women and girls that have too long been neglected in migration debates,” said Ms. Arbour.

“The expression ‘women and children’ is often a way to portray them as vulnerable and in need of protection from men, ignoring the reality that women, men, girls and boys all have specific needs and vulnerabilities,” she observed.

“We need a new narrative that looks at women in migration as rights-holders, agents of development, and most importantly, leaders, that bring dynamism, motivation and cultural richness to societies…It’s now time to integrate a strong gender-equality perspective into migration governance,” she affirmed.

View Ms. Arbour’s four minute presentation here.

As the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for International Migration, Ms. Arbour is responsible for working with Member States, in partnership with other stakeholders, as they develop a first-ever global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration.  She leads United Nations advocacy efforts on international migration, provides policy advice and coordinates the engagement of United Nations entities on migration issues.

For more information on the forum, click here.

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