GFMD Rapporteur Makes Recommendations

The Civil Society Days of the Global Forum on Migration and Development closed on 30 June with a day of strategy and recommendations for the Global Compact on Migration.  Carolina Gottardo of the Women in Migration Network, the Women Rapporteur,  addressed the plenary.  She assessed key issues on women in migration that had been raised during the CSD as well as recommendations for the Global Compact.

Gottardo quoted the UN Special Representative Louise Arbour , who said that “the Global Compact should aim to promote the best interest of women as women themselves define what is their best interest, and promote empowerment and leadership of women.”  Arbour spoke about elevating the focus of women and girls that has been too far neglected and securing a gender responsive Compact.

In her remarks, Gottardo lifted up the UN Women Recommendations on addressing the human rights of women in the Global Compact of Migration.  She called on civil society to use its power in the Global Compact process, not only aiming for what seems possible (potentially undermining existing standards), but aiming for strong human rights and gender responsive commitments.  This must be done with significant input from migrant-led groups, regional civil society groups, migrant women organisations and migrant women themselves, with a diversity of opinions from civil society.

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WIMN members at GFMD 2017 WIMN representatives at the Civil Society Days- Global Forum on Migration and Development, including Women Rapporteur Carolina Gottardo, second from left.