WGMWG at the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women

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The Women’s Global Migration Working Group was active at the NGO Forum to the United Nations Convention on the Status of Women in New York. On Thursday, March 13, 2014, WGMWG conducted a workshop at the forum entitled Flipping the Post-2015 Development Discourse: Promoting Accountability for Women and Migrant Human Rights & Social Protection.

The aim of the workshop was to bring attention to the role powerful actors have in creating policies that under-develop communities, regions, and nations.  Any  Sustainable Development Goals that do not address power relations regarding decision-making and resources are likely to fail. While social protections such as healthcare, education and income security are guaranteed in human rights law, they are denied to millions of people due to the redirection of resources to elites. While the lack of access to social protection often causes women to migrate to new countries, they often find they are denied protection in destination countries as well. The interactive workshop allowed attendees to look at the state of social protection in their own countries, identify policies and actors that block the delivery of economic and social human rights, and examine strategies to hold state and non-state actors accountable.

The workshop was facilitated by Catherine Tactaquin of National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights and Migrant Rights International; Carol Barton of United Methodist Women; and Bhumika Muchhala of Third World Network. Speakers at the workshop included Sr. Lissy Joseph of Migrant Forum Asia who organizes Domestic Workers in India; Monami Maulik, the Executive Director of Desis Rising Up and Moving/ DRUM in New York City; and Marieke Koning of the International Trade Union Confederation in Brussels. [Click here to read more about the workshop written by Tara Barnes of United Methodist Women.]

This workshop was only the beginning to a larger conversation around the need for accountability in social protection for women and migrants. WGMWG invites you to contribute your knowledge and experience. How does social protection look in your country? Why?

Click here to view and contribute to a working document on social protection policies in international human rights law and development agendas – a tool for national accountability.

Click here to fill out a social protection report card for your country.

Send your suggestions/additions to info@wgmwg.org